Posted December 11, 2013

Rays pitcher David Price won’t sign extension with Mariners if traded to Seattle

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Rays pitcher David Price becomes a free agent in 2015. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Rays pitcher David Price becomes a free agent in 2015. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he won’t sign an extension with the Mariners if he’s traded to Seattle, according to tweets Wednesday from Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal, citing information directly from Price’s agent, Bo McKinnis.

McKinnis went on to say that his client would sign an extension with some teams — he declined to say which ones — but that Seattle is one place Price is not willing to sign an extension. The comments of course do not meant the former AL Cy Young Award winner would not go to Seattle; the 28-year-old Price is under club control with the Rays for two more years and the Mariners could keep him for that time before he becomes a free agent in 2015.

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted earlier this week that the Rays would want the Mariners’ top pitching prospect, 21-year-old Taijuan Walker, in what would possibly be part of a deal to send Price to Seattle.

The Mariners, fresh off a $240 million, 10-year megadeal for New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano earlier in December, are also reportedly interested in Rays closer Fernando Rodney, who recorded the lowest single-season ERA ever for a relief pitcher last season, finishing the year with a 0.60 ERA.

Price, who made $10.1 million last season in his second season of salary arbitration eligibility, finished the year with a 3.33 ERA and an AL-leading 5.56 K/BB ratio. In three of his last four years, the three-time All-Star has pitched at least 208 2/3 innings.

In October, Price said he is preparing to get traded during the offseason but would prefer to remain with the Rays.

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40 comments
mikenolting
mikenolting

The SF Giants never spend $$  on free agents the last one was B. Zito because he was a favorite of owner who is no longer with the team... controlling interests do not like to spend $$.   


Price WOULD make the Giants a World Series contender if the rest of the team COULD STAY  healthy for a season.  Not taking a chance on Price is not good long term  planning ... he is young and he is good.   The Giants have one left hander and if they signed Price they would have the best rotation in baseball.    To  dominate in the major leagues and especially in the playoffs ... a team needs 3 dominant starters, timely hitting and good Defense.    The Giants are short the three dominant pitchers.   4 years 90 million = 22.5 per year... not bad if you throw in the stadium .. the fans .. and the series.

oasis1994
oasis1994

I don't believe this.

If they offer him 300 million he would sign over his own mother. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

SMART move. WHO wants to play there much less live there?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,other than idiot Cano

itsnotme549
itsnotme549

I don't blame him for not wanting to go to Seattle. I grew up in Seattle (or more accurately was forced to spend most of my childhood there). Most godforsaken place in America.  

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

Give up a 21 year old phenom for an established 28 year old?  Why?

Jai2
Jai2

Price is overrated. Trust me don't waste your time.

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

David Price actually believes he's the best pitcher in baseball...he's not.  To claim he would not sign an extension with the M's without even playing a game is arrogant & asinine.  The Mariner's actually have the best pitcher in baseball, King Felix...they just signed Cano and traded for Logan Morrison.  They have Iwakama...


I'm not a Seattle fan, but they look like they are at least trying to put together a competitive team.


If I'm Seattle, I'd keep the 21-year old and tell Price to stick it!  He's a pompous jerk and a lousy, selfish, arrogant egomaniac!

MikeZierolf
MikeZierolf

Fernando Rodney finished with a 3.38 last year... The year before (2 season ago) he finished with the 0.60

Whatever
Whatever

You can't give up your top pitching prospect just to rent a starter for 2 years (and pay him $10 mil + per year). If he won't sign an extension, you have to walk. Which must mean the Mariners will do the deal.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

He's smart, he realizes Seattle is going to be terrible to below average for quite some time.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Jayz laughing while telling Cano "you run along to Seattle while I stay here"

Starstruck
Starstruck

@WHO*IS*ESPN No state income tax and all the dope you can smoke aren't bad drawing cards. 

VictorHa
VictorHa

@itsnotme549 I hear you dude   It's the same region that had a rockstar declared as the greatest voice of generation yet he could not overcome his Seattleness

Starstruck
Starstruck

@itsnotme549 Kids like it considerably more now that pot is freely available. I guess that also means that adults never have to grow up...which explains a lot of Seahawk fans...lol

logue.justinf
logue.justinf

@itsnotme549 yeah, it was a tough loss losing a complaining whining fool but the region has manage and prosper

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

I would rather trust the baseball guys.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@RobertPatterson - Price has already gone on record saying he wouldn't sign a long-term deal with the Yankees and it has nothing to do with money, rivalry, or reputation. It's New York's grooming policy, which prohibits long hair and anything beyond modest facial hair.  Now add in what he said about Seattle and he's starting to sound like a DIVA...

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

Duh. Why trade a 21 year old phenom for a 28 year old? Even the M's aren't that stupid.  I hope.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

What hypocrisy! You blast Price for being "arrogant & asinine"... then go on your own biased insult rant against FL/NY/CA (3 of the most populous & popular states). You just lost all credibility. I'll never understand internet trolls... always shoot themselves in the foot.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

Did David Price ever state that he is the best pitcher in baseball or are you just making it up as you go?   Oh, and it seems as if you are a little bitter about the guy - is it because he has a better job than you do?

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

did you ever think that maybe he doesn't want to live in the northwest?

Jai2
Jai2

and he still went home without a ring because he is overrated

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

Guys with millions of dollars who are going to make millions more can make their own decisions.  Why play for the one team that wont let you grow a beard?  When he can play for a dozen other teams for the same money, and grow whatever he wants.


A multi millionaire making his own choices, is not a diva.  Eschewing the Mariners does not make one a diva either.  That is a terrible org. It's not like he is a young guy looking for his first shot in the bigs.


All that said, the beard thing is stupid.  Growing a beard is like taking a crap.  It's not an accomplishment for most of us.

Jai2
Jai2

NYers think everyone wants to play for them.  The guy above probably thinks you're speaking Japanese

Jai2
Jai2

You're an idiot. Maybe he knows what a jerk Price is. I Honestly think you just wrote the most idiotic thing I have ever seen online from a grown man. You sound like a teenage girl.

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

@JoeCabot


Oh, please.  Look at his actions on and off the field...it's always about him.  He's an egomaniac!  Bitter about him?  Not really...  


Apparently, you idolize egomaniacs.  I prefer the Dustin Pedroias and Cal Ripken Jrs. of sports...you know, the ones who show loyalty, keep their mouths shut, and play the game the right way!


Let me guess, you also believe A-Rod is innocent and think he's the greatest of all time, right?


And make no mistake about it...I am richer than he will ever be...he just has more money!

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

@DODGERFAIL2013


Actually, yes.  But if he's been willing to live in that cesspool of Tampa, the Northwest would be leaps above what he's used to...only places worse than Fla. are N.Y. and California.

SOB617
SOB617

Gotta love using "eschewing" and "taking a crap" in the same post!

Starstruck
Starstruck

@lenbiz68 Let me guess: you still think Richard Sherman and his band of merry Adderallics  are innocent...

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

It's a business decision.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  If the Mariners are willing to pay him to stay they will do so when he reaches the open market.  When you have the chance to cash in, you don't eliminate your options before having a chance to explore them.   Dustin Pedroia did what he thought was best for him.  He obviously liked Boston and was willing to work things out so he could stay.  Where your argument fails is that he had already had the chance to be a part of the team and live in the city.  You are yelling at David Price for not making the same type of decision without ever having put on the uniform or lived in Seattle.  

eddie767
eddie767

@lenbiz68 So just b/c he wants to choose where he plays,after being told where to,he has a problem. You hate being told what when and where to do somethings,so does he. Also,his agent said that not him.

HeyJoe
HeyJoe

@lenbiz68 @JoeCabot No, not egomaniac.  Smart.


I live in Seattle, the Mariners have the most inept front office in baseball and they've been consistently terrible since Pat Gillick left roughly a decade ago.  A decade of losing doesn't just happen by accident.  Price would be insane to sign a long term deal with the Ms.  


Frankly I hope they don't give up Walker for 2 years of Price anyways.

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

@JoeCabot


Once again...see the Dustin Pedroia/Cal Ripken reference.  Pedroia just got paid less than 1/2 of Robinson Cano...but was willing to stay because the team and the fans were more important than the money.  Besides, the Mariners paid more for Can than anyone else was willing...how do you know (or Price) know they won't step up. 


Funny, it was a good enough place to be for $240 million man Cano and King Felix...both of whom are far more talented than Mr. Price!


There is a difference between saying "I'd like to see how things work out before I commit" than basically disparaging a team and insulting an entire city!


So, YES...EGOMANIAC!



JoeCabot
JoeCabot

Egomaniac?  Because he would not commit to signing an extension with Seattle if he got traded there?   That is simply a good business decision.  Why should he lock himself into one place when he will have the opportunity to shop himself to the highest bidder and/or choose where he gets to live and work?

Starstruck
Starstruck

@lenbiz68 The rest of the country still views the Pacific NW as a land settled by grizzlies and their offspring. Better go eat mommy's porridge. 

eddie767
eddie767

@lenbiz68 Sometimes being close to family is better. Besides,who wants to leave the sunshine for rain and cold. So if it came to cesspool,as you say,or Seattle i guess he's just the best pitcher in Cesspool,that everyone wants.