Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The Angels and closer Francisco Rodriguez's agent, Paul Kinzer, have started contract discussions, but are saying nothing is serious. "Right now we're just exploring talks and structure, but we're not close on anything," Kinzer said. "We'll see what happens. In the next couple of weeks we'll start getting more serious." The good thing about the deal however is both sides really want to get a deal done. "Hopefully, one of these days I'll get the same opportunity he has to get locked up," Rodriguez said. "This is the place I want to be. ... I would love to stay here for hopefully the rest of my career." There is no deadline on the deal, both sides just hope to get something done soon rather than later. Rodriguez, 25, has collected six saves this season, and has struck out twelve. Career wise, he has saved 113 out of a possible 132, and has a career ERA of 2.33. The Angels are probably looking at a five to six year deal for their closer, but it could be closer to ten.