Prior to the season, the Rays picked up the option on Fernando Rodney’s contract. And at $2.5 million, Rodney will be massively underpaid in 2013. But according to a report in a Dominican Newspaper (via TampaBay.com) Rodney told the newspaper that he was close to signing a two-year extension with the Rays.
There was only one problem: It wasn’t true. According to Marc Topkin, there has been “no dialogue between the Rays and Rodney on a new deal.”
What is curious about this is that the Rays are not a team that ever blatantly lies to the press. If they were close to a deal, it is much more likely that they would just say something along the lines of “there is nothing to report at this time.”
So then why would Rodney say he was close to a deal? Was there a miscommunication between Rodney and his agents (one possibility suggested by Topkin)? And as Rays fans, should we be concerned that Rodney is not happy only making $2.5 million this season?
[UPDATE] Agent says report was a “misunderstanding” and that Rodney was “misquoted.”