Pitcher will reportedly walk without new deal

Updated: February 10, 2005, 9:48 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Rogers apparently wants a contract extension from the Texas Rangers and the 18-game winner reportedly might retire if he doesn't get one.

Kenny Rogers
Rogers

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing anonymous sources, reported Thursday that Rogers told the Rangers he might retire if he doesn't get a two-year contract extension.

But Rogers' agent, Scott Boras, told The Associated Press on Thursday night that he wasn't aware of any retirement talk.

"Any reports about Kenny's conversations with the Rangers about retirement, as far as I know, are inaccurate," Boras said.

The newspaper said Boras said that the Rangers had been approached about an extension for Rogers, who turned 40 in November.

"On all of our contracts, good or bad, we stick to the deal we made," Rangers owner Tom Hicks said in an e-mail to the AP. "I look forward to seeing Kenny in Surprise."

Texas pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Wednesday to spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

Rogers returned for his third stint with Texas in January 2004 when he signed a two-year, $6 million contract that will pay him $3.5 million this season. The Rangers wanted to only give him a one-year deal then but added the second year Rogers wanted.

The left-hander finished 18-9 last season but was 6-7 over his last 17 starts after being the first in the majors to 12 wins. His 35 starts tied for the most in the American League and he pitched 211 2/3 innings.

Ryan Drese (14-10, 4.20 ERA) was the only other Texas starter with more than 100 innings last season. The only significant offseason addition to the rotation was Pedro Astacio, a 35-year-old right-hander who has made just one start since shoulder surgery in 2003.


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