If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.”

However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that many of our wishes came true. Many did not. If we can get a couple of more this year, the Rays might just win it all.

Without further ado…

On the fifth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, A FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION FOR DAVID PRICE…

Price still has four years remaining until he is a free agent. But thanks to his Super-2 status, he’ll get a crack at arbitration in each of those seasons. And that means a lot of money for King David.

In those four arbitration seasons, Price could make something in the neighborhood of $50 million (average $12.5 million per season). So if the Rays want to lock up Price and delay his free agency by a year, it will cost them.

Let’s say five years for $55 million. That gives Price a sense of security. It gives the Rays a small discount. And Price would be with the Rays through the age of 30. And the Rays probably wouldn’t want to commit to a starting pitcher past the age of 30.

This might be our boldest wish yet. If Price signs an extension that is longer than four years, even we will think he is crazy. But if Andrew Friedman still wants Price pitching for the Rays in 2016, this off-season might be his last shot.




  1. Joe says:

    Price wants to sign also but he isn't stupid, he knows how much he will make so I don't see a deal happening.

    Sadly, the next 2 on my list would be Jennings and Hellickson who are both Boras agents.

  2. Joe says:

    Day 6 should be 6 years of control of Rizzo because we are not flipping him to the Cubs!

    • phil says:

      Hey Joe I read that last night ..too funny. i was all excited to see they were trading rizzo to the rays but then flipping him to the cubs? Glad it is just a knuclehead sports reporter!

    • Tone says:

      You must be one of the Rays' biggest fans.
      I think you comment on every site that has Rays related stories.
      My hat is off to you; ala Kotchman style.
      Keep up the enthusiasm, it's refreshing.

  3. RedBull says:

    Price for 5 years at $55 million is way too optimistic. It'd be more like 5/$70 million. If Price becomes what he's supposed to, then $70 million is still very team friendly!
    In reference to Rizzo, I think the Rays get him this week. Flipping him to the Cubs is ridiculous! The only way I see it happening is for Marmol and Soto, with the Cubs also paying their salaries...and we know that won't happen. Rizzo fits exactly what we want/need, and I think it happens for Davis straight up, unless we're trying to get a catcher too.

  4. Tone says:

    I like Price a lot and hope for a deal, but sadly it does not seem likely to me. He does need to work on the "big games". When Price dominates it's amazing. When he chokes in playoff type games, not so amazing.

  5. td32 says:

    If we assume that in arbitration Price will get 7-9-11-13 over the next 4 years, that totals $40 million. In order to guarantee those 4 yrs, Price would need to give up 2 yrs of FA. Maybe 2 team options at $13 million per season. The Rays would probably want 4yrs/$30-34M and 2 options at $13M each. Seems reasonable on both sides. In order to get the guaranteed money over 4 yrs, Price would have to give up maybe $10 million, but he avoids the risk of injury harming potential arb income.

  6. td32 says:

    Also, was told the Friedman discussed extension prior to Spring Training, but couldnt come to agreement on total compensation. Know for a fact Price was interested though.

  7. Don says:

    Look Price is trade bait...UNO #1....
    Two things can happen..Price does good Rays can't afford him, he's being rented right now... price bombs, ala Garza, not worth big $ commitment right now....
    Trade Him now for a SS or Catcher that can hit,He's got to be worth at least that, we won't miss him with the young studs we have,who make peanuts, right up Rays alley..

  8. phil says:

    while we are "getting" Rizzo and not flipping him ,,can we see if the pads will give up Grandel?

  9. RedBull says:

    Heard from somebody today that the Rays are working on a couple of deals. One is the deal for Rizzo...not sure what the hang up is there, besides possibly the including of Lee. The other deal was somewhat large...its a deal with the Angels. Morales, Izturis, and Conger for Davis, Barnese, and possibly Brignac...not exactly sure how true it is, but it would definitely make us more formidable! That would certainly fill our holes quite nicely, and then we'd still have money for a DH! Just thought I'd share a rumor...

    • Joe says:

      I really like that Angels deal, I think we are at the point of not knowing of having a young stud potential catcher is. Where did you hear this?

  10. RedBull says:

    Joe, I'll just say I heard it from a source in the organization. He's not extremely high up, but when he hears stuff, he's not usually far off. Not to mention, this one sounded like it made a lot of sense.


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