UPDATE (4:01 P.M.): Tampabay.com doesn't believe the NY Baseball Digest's report has any merit. While they have yet to speak to any officials, Tampabay.com looks at quotes from both sides over the past few weeks regarding the issue, and it doesn't add up to the latest report. Stay tuned.
"He wants out of Tampa bad," is what we were told. "He had a handshake agreement with management that they would renegotiate the contract instead of picking up the option and they went ahead and did it anyway. He’s pissed beyond belief."