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08:05 AM ET 03.30 | Opening Day might be a point of no return for the Angels and closer Francisco Rodriguez, but neither side is willing to say so at this point. Rodriguez can become a free agent after this season and has made it known he expects to test the market. In the meantime, he and his agent say they are not interested in having negotiations for a contract extension be an ongoing endeavor once the season starts. "Right now, we'll wait it out until the season is over," said Paul Kinzer, Rodriguez's agent. "Normally, I don't like to do that (negotiate during the season). It's tough on the player." But Kinzer said he has "absolutely not" given the Angels a deadline or ultimatum to sign Rodriguez before the season starts or watch him leave as a free agent next fall. Rodriguez conceded Saturday that seems to be the likely outcome. "Everything's headed that way," he said. "But there's going to be six long months of the season and I can't predict what's going to happen in one week or one month or six months."

Los Angeles Daily News

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