– Major League Baseball ruled that the Chicago Cubs did not violate tampering rules when they pursued manager Joe Maddon last fall.

The commissioner’s office released a statement Wednesday clearing the Cubs of wrongdoing about six months after Tampa Bay accused Chicago of tampering with their manager before Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays. Maddon was hired Oct. 31.

“We’re glad that the process is over,” Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer said. “We’re glad the result we expected came through and now we can put it behind us and never talk about it again.”

The Rays stood by their request for an investigation. “We make our decisions based on the facts at hand and the processes we trust,” owner Stuart Sternberg said. “We can never be certain of the outcomes.”

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