Agent: Rodney extension story result of a "misunderstanding" with writer
Fernando Rodney's agent said inaccurate reports of a contract extension with the Rays were the result of a "misunderstanding" between the closer and a reporter from the Dominican Republic newspaper that published the story.
Dan Lozano, of MVP Sports Group, said he spoke Thursday with Rodney and that Rodney apparently was misquoted in the interview with El Dia, which reported Wednesday he was set to get a two-year extension. That was news to both the Rays and to Lozano as there have been no discussions about a new deal.
Lozano did say he and Rodney, who joined his agency this off-season, have "talked numerous times" about his future. Rodney will be a free agent after the season, and though he has said he would like to stay with Tampa Bay, though he could be in line for a significant raise, with a $2.5-milltion salary this season after making $1.75-million last year, when he saved 48 games and posted a reliever record 0.60 ERA.