SEATTLE — Since Carl Crawford (reportedly) brought it up …
Carlos Peña said Wednesday, as he has said several times before, that he hopes to be re-signed by the Rays and "would love to play here forever."
There have been no talks, Peña said, but neither have there been any agreements, as in Crawford's case, to wait until after the season, when he will be a free agent.
"Nothing serious has come up," Peña said. "But my window is always open. Or my door."
Peña said "it's fine" that there have been no negotiations because he doesn't want anything to interfere with his focus on the season, and he has "no problem" with waiting until after the season if that's how it unfolds.
"We'll figure it out later," Peña said. "I've really kept myself really busy with what's going on with the ballclub, and what I can do to help, whatever. We're really focusing on what's going on right now. That's the way I like it. …
"It's a nonissue for me. I don't lose any sleep over it. It doesn't stress me out. It's a nonexistent issue to me. If you didn't mention it to me, I wouldn't even think of it the whole day."
Basically, he said, "My focus is on what's going on in the now. I don't really concern myself too much with the future, I let that take care of itself. I know it's going to work out — for the good of mankind."
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