Devil Rays buy out Piniella's final season for $2.2M

Updated: September 30, 2005, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Lou Piniella will not return as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays next season, a decision that had long been expected after he questioned ownership's commitment to winning.

"We've got a new ownership group taking over. They need to bring in their own manager that they can grow with," Piniella said Friday night, when the Devil Rays began a season-ending series against Baltimore.

"At the same time, it'll give me time to go home and relax, fish ...

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