Contract Won’t Distract Rays’ Rodney

Fernando Rodney really can’t do any more for an encore. • Coming off one of the most remarkable seasons for a closer in baseball history, Rodney came into Rays camp Wednesday saying he’ll do everything he can to do just as well but knowing a repeat is unlikely, that it was just one of those years when “something happened” and everything went right. • “I’m going to try again and I hope it happens,” Rodney said. “I feel like I have the stuff. I feel like I can do it again. I’m not going to guarantee that, but I’m going to try.” • What he said he won’t do — despite recent suggestions otherwise — is complain about his contract which, based on last season’s success

— 48 saves (in 50 chances) and an MLB reliever record 0.60 ERA — is a tremendous bargain for the Rays, a $2.5 million option.
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“I’m not mad,” he said. “I don’t have any other deal. I have to play. I know this deal. There’s nothing we can do about it. Just try to do the same thing, try to do my job, and we’ll see what happens this year.”

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