Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is the latest to weigh in on the possibility of trading David Price, weighing the pros (“They could ask for a three- or four-player package that could address almost all of their needs [a shortstop, a catcher, a big hitter at first base or in the outfield, and more young pitching].”) and cons (“The Rays are trying to win it all“) of such a deal. Of course, we all know the pros and cons. And while we should not be shocked if the Rays traded Price, such a move would seem to make more sense next winter.
But maybe more interesting in the meantime is a quote from an anonymous N.L. executive when asked if Price would be a $20 million a year player if he was a free agent…
“A lot more than that.”
Of course, that doesn’t really answer the question. But “a lot more” does give us a sense that we are probably talking about at least $25 million per year.
And how many players have signed a long-term contract in the history of baseball worth at least $25 million per season? Two. Alex Rodriguez (he has done it twice) and Ryan Howard. And now think about how much a team would be willing to give up to get a $25 million player at half the price. It would solve all the Rays’ problems. But it would mean losing Price, a very scary proposition.