Maddon, following what one person described as talks that turned "contentious" after his decision to opt out of his under-market Rays deal, tried to keep things together by making the Rays his own firm proposal. Maddon, ultimately known as a "get-along guy," was looking to extend an olive branch after nine fruitful years in Tampa Bay with his offer, which was turned down by the Rays, according to people familiar with the talks.
Heyman doesn't know the dollar figure of Maddon's proposal, but he has some clues with which which to make an educated guess.
- $5 million a year (plus incentives) is what Joe Maddon signed for, and Heyman says Maddon's offer to the Rays would have paid him less than that.
- Maddon's previous salary was around $1.8 million per year.
- In a conference call last Friday, new GM Matt Silverman claimed to have offered Maddon a multi-year extension that not only would have been a raise, but a competitive offer.
- Based on what Andrew Friedman was allegedly authorized to increase Joe Maddon's salary to in order to retain him, Jon Heyman believes that the Rays were willing to go into the $3 million a year range.
- Joe Maddon's price to stay with the Rays was somewhere between $3 million a year and $5 million a year.