PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. For now, it appears there have been no talks about an extension for Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney. However, the right-hander would be open to such discussions at some point in the future.
Rodney, 35, on Wednesday refuted a quote attributed to him late last month in El Dia, a Dominican Republic newspaper, that said he was close to signing a two-year contract extension. He called it a miscommunication between him and the reporter, and he denied having knowledge of any potential negotiations between the Rays and Dan Lozano, his agent.
Sometimes, people pull something theyre not supposed to do, Rodney told FOXSportsFlorida.com. They put it in the paper. I understand thats baseball. They were just trying to do their job. I know I didnt say that.
Rodney, slotted to make 2.5 million this season, is coming off a career year in which he recorded a team-high 48 saves in 74.2 innings. His 0.60 ERA was the lowest in major-league history with a minimum of 60 inn...