Maddon entering final year of contract

Manager hopes for longevity at position

Maddon entering final year of contract

CLEVELAND -- Rays manager Joe Maddon will be entering the final year of his contract in 2015 after signing a three-year extension worth $6 million on Feb. 15, 2012.

When asked about his situation, Maddon said, "I can easily see myself managing for another 10 years."

Maddon turns 61 in February, so he said in order to continue managing he needs to take care of himself physically.

"Talk about diet, talk about rest ... those are the components I need to do this for several more years," Maddon said. "That's what I intend to do. We'll see how the contract situation works out. I love being here. I always want to be here. But I truly believe it's up to me to take care of myself to reach my goals."

Maddon made it clear that he likes managing the Rays. He allowed that having a deal in place by next spring was not a necessity, nor should anybody read anything into his situation if he does not have a new deal.

"It's between the organization and myself, talking to the guys," Maddon said. "If they're ready to move forward, then we'll talk about it.

"... I believe organically the right thing will occur. I place my faith in that. The people I work with, the people I trust, I put my faith in that area."

Maddon took over as the Rays manager following the '05 season.

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