Cubs 'cooperating' in investigation of Maddon hiring

Commissioner Manfred expects resolution to come before regular season begins

Cubs 'cooperating' in investigation of Maddon hiring

MESA, Ariz. -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday he expected the investigation into allegations of tampering by the Cubs in the hiring of manager Joe Maddon to be completed before the regular season begins.

Manfred, meeting with the media Monday in Arizona, said they wanted to do a thorough investigation.

After then-executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman left the Rays, Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and was hired shortly after that by the Cubs, signing a five-year, $25 million contract.

The Rays, who were discussing a contract extension with Maddon, claimed the Cubs had tampered with the manager. The Cubs and Maddon deny the allegations.

"We're cooperating," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters Monday. "We'd like a resolution soon, but at the same time, it's not something that distracts us."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.