Posted October 10, 2013

Rays pitcher David Price preparing to be traded

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Rays pitcher David Price knows there is a possibility that he might be traded this offseason. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Rays ace David Price knows there is a possibility that he might be traded this offseason. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said Wednesday that he is preparing himself to get traded during the offseason, but would like to stay with the team.

Price held a conference call with reporters to discuss his future and said he hasn’t talked with management about a long-term deal.

Price made $10.1 million this season in his second season of salary arbitration eligibility.

“If you go with what’s been done in the past I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price said, via the Tampa Tribune. “It’s crossed my mind several time…..in Texas as well and every other (elimination game) we’ve played.”

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Price, who won the American League Cy Young Award last season, went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season.

“You’ve seen it happen a couple of times already I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past,” he said about leaving Tampa. “It’s not disappointing or anything like that. This is a place I love to be. My teammates and everyone in the organization knows that. It’s part of baseball and it’s something I’ve seen go on, it’s kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for.”

 


23 comments
MrArlington
MrArlington

Why would he want to play for the joke of a franchise named the Rays. Escobar and Young are bigots and the biggest fu​cktard in the game is their closer (Turn your hat straight Tupac). On top of this the team finishes last in attendance like clockwork and there is no sign this changing because it is not performance related. 

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Deal is already done, he's going to the Reds. Crazy rotation next year, Redlegs win the WS.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Just like in the real world today, employers want the skill but pay HALF of what it deserves due to obama's wonderful economy.....and they get it.

MikeGuadagnino
MikeGuadagnino

Yanks,let Cano go, give the money to a first line pitcher


Plainview
Plainview

This is a question of his value as a player and his value as an icon, versus his cost in money.  Teams in all sports leagues have to face it.  The Rays would be smart to trade to trade him, but him and Longoria (in my mind) are the two most important players iconically on that team.  

Almost like the yankees without jeter.  Or the twins without joe mauer.  I don't think there is a wrong decision here; its brain v. heart.  

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

They would get a boatload of prospects for him.  And not have to commit $25M or more per year to a single pitcher, which almost never works out.  It makes so much sense for the Rays to trade him.

fishfood
fishfood

Would the Dodgers trade Zach Lee and Joc Peterson for him?

Richard B
Richard B

He also thinks Joe Maddon is a nerd.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

Baseball players are at their best before 30. It makes sense for Tampa to pay guys a little for their 20's and then let someone like the Royals give up their top prospect so someone like the Angels can pay top dollar for the decline of the 30's.

RD
RD

@Richard--Ramirez And then when you wake up, you realize that the Cubs beat out the Reds and the Reds wind up in the basement as the CARDINALS win the WS.

CameronMorris
CameronMorris

@WHO*IS*ESPN Yea I remember the days of Bush when Tampa Bay was spending $150 million on payroll. Why did Obama have to furlough David Price?

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@MikeGuadagnino - Price has already said he won't shave for the Yankees and has made it clear he's not a fan of the organization.  I'm not sure the Yankees would want him.

slickwilly
slickwilly

@Plainview I'd say they should keep him, but the Rays are always loaded with good young pitching. The difference with Longoria is that he's the only good run producer they have. If he goes, so goes their offense. If they can get a few top prospects for Price, they should trade him.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@Plainview 

I agree with you. 

It stinks, but they are better off trading him now and getting back prospects that the Rays feel will help in the next season or 2. The Dodgers are dumb enough to trade for him and trade away their entire minor league system. The only way I see the Dodgers not trading for him is if they do not win the World Series this year.

The_Sports_Dude
The_Sports_Dude

@fishfood Lee and Pederson would be a good start, but the Rays will probably also ask for Urias and Seager as well.  The Dodgers trading for Price would be antithetical to their long term plan as it would deplete their farm system.  I'm sure the Dodgers are hoping Price is traded to a team looking to go all-in for one year but can't afford him long-term so he hits the open market and the Dodgers can just outbid everyone like they did for Greinke. 

RickDesper
RickDesper

@MattBugaj Nolan Ryan is on line 2.

Seriously, power pitchers are usually good well into their 30s.