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.