MLB finds no tampering in Maddon's exit from Rays

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has concluded its tampering investigation regarding Joe Maddon's departure from the Rays and his subsequent hiring as manager of the Cubs. The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering.

In October, Maddon exercised an opt-out clause to manage the Rays in 2015, which made him a free agent to field unknown offers. Shortly thereafter, he signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Cubs.

"We make our decisions based on the facts at hand and the processes we trust," Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg said in a statement. "We can never be certain of the outcomes."

Over nine seasons with the Rays, Maddon accumulated a record of 754-705 and led the team to two first-place finishes in the American League East, four postseason berths and the AL pennant in 2008. He was named the AL Manager of the Year in 2008 and '11.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.