UPDATE: Report of Rodney extension inaccurate
UPDATE, 8:47: Or not. There has been no dialogue between the Rays and Rodney on a new deal, much less an offer on the verge of being agreed upon. Either there is some miscommunication between Rodney and his reps, or Rodney was misquoted in the Dominican report.
DEVELOPING: Closer Fernando Rodney told a Dominican newspaper he is about to sign a two-year contract extension with the Rays.
According to El Dia, Rodney, who is set to make $2.5-million this season, was just waiting for a call from his agent for official word on the new pact, which would cover the 2004-15 seasons.
"Everything is ready,'' Rodney is quoted as saying in Spanish.
Rodney, who will be 36 in March, is pitching for Escogido in the Carribbean Series that starts Friday in Mexico.
He is coming off one of the best seasons by a closer in history, saving 48 games with a reliever record 0.60 ERA.
During the off-season, Rodney switched agents and is now represented by Dan Lozano.
Rodney is also quoted as saying the extension "will be two years, although we are always looking for a three-year contract.''
The Rays typically don't discuss the status of any contract negotiations. A message for Lozan o was not immediately returned.