With all the buzz over the recent trade of James Shields and Wade Davis, this small item got pushed to the back burner. Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com spoke with David Price’s agent about the possibility of Price signing a long-term contract to remain with the Rays beyond the 2015 season when he would first be eligible for free agency. And while Price’s agent tried to sound optimistic, his comments are just more evidence that Price’s days with the Rays are numbered (emphasis ours)…
Price, McKinnis noted, is driven to be the best in everything from pitching to golf to video games to Twitter…”So in a similar sense…he wants to have the best contract in baseball, however that may be defined. He expects to be the best in everything that he does. So hopefully we’re able to make that marriage between the Rays and that best contract. But we also recognize the economics of the game may not allow that.”
It is interesting to note that he did not say “the biggest contract in baseball.” However, “best contract” would be a far cry from any of the long-term deals the Rays have already handed out.
Earlier this off-season, one anonymous executive said Price would be worth “a lot more” than $20 million per year on the free agent market, and we speculated that he was worth $25 million per year. Another report stated that the Rays had already given up hope of ever signing Price long-term.
More likely, the Rays will attempt to sign Price to a three-year deal to cover his arbitration years now that Shields has been moved. This would give the Rays more cost-certainty with the upper-end of their roster and would also make it more likely that Price is here beyond the 2013 season.