ST. PETERSBURG -- Joe Maddon will remain the manager of the Devil Rays, according to reports in Saturday's St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune.
Both papers said team officials are expected to make his return official Saturday by picking up a two-year option that keeps Maddon under contract through 2009.
Maddon, 53, is in the second year at the helm of the Rays and has a 119-184 (.393) record, but much of his work has been more concerned with getting the team in position to win by developing the right players than actual wins and losses to this point.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.