David Price won’t be a free agent until after the 2015 season. But according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Rays have already given up hope of signing Price to a long-term deal making it more likely that Price is traded sooner, rather than later…

“[Rays] people conceded their chances to lock up Price beyond his current contract are nil considering he’s easily a $25 million-plus pitcher now…”

A couple of weeks ago we heard one executive say Price is already worth “a lot more” than $20 million per season. This led us to speculate that Price would be worth at least $25 million on the open-market, a number Heyman echoes. And if there is no hope of a long-term deal, a trade is inevitable. And if a trade is indeed inevitable, it makes more sense for the Rays to trade Price either this winter or next winter when his value is at its highest.

For most of us this does not come as a surprise. But for the handful of Rays fans still in denial, this should put to rest any hopes of David Price pitching with the Rays beyond the 2013 season.

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  1. Michael says:

    no reason to trade Price early

    He's not going to stop being a 25 million dollar pitcher next year, and teams will be happy to pay

    The list of people that Price would be worthy to trade for is like... extremely small.

    I don't think you get a platoon of farmhands for someone like him. You go big or not at all.

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  2. Bulls says:

    The quality of the players you get in return decreases the closer we get to 2015. You give up much more for a 3 year rental than a 2 year rental

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  3. jordan says:

    ehhh Price won't be traded this winter simply because NO ONE has what it will take apart from maybe the Rangers and D Backs or at a stretch the Royals if they can afford him

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  4. don says:

    Milk him for the next 2-3 years, If he gets hurt, elbow, Tommy Johns, Shoulder ect ect. or falls on his face winning 6-10 games ( ie Kazmir) who loses most...Rays or price??

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  5. Beazy says:

    Dam Cork, you been doing a lot of cooking on the "hot stove" lately with all these articles, lol. Keep up the good work!

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  6. J 2.0 says:

    Ok, people will not give the Rays a lot because they feel like the Rays will "need" to trade Price in the future. I know a lot of people don't want to hear it, but the time to trade Price is NOW. The Rays will be up against a wall with teams knowing that we can't afford to keep him. So instead of giving up much in return, they will test the Rays. So, now that teams know we can keep him, they should dangle him out there and see what we can get. Next offseason Price will probably get $15 mil + in arbitration, if he doesn't get it this year, and teams will know that we are desparate to move him because we can't afford that.

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    • Burn H. says:

      I believe that they are dangling him. Yet Andrew always says that we can't buy pitching. Could Longo have gotten a better deal long turn away from the Rays? Do we know what the Ray's Arb# is this year for David? He excepted their offer last year, probably left money on the table. Isn't there $25mill coming in 2014? and a new local deal after 2016? Why can't they afford Price and Sheilds then? Especially when Sheilds returns to 2011 form and gets his Cy Young in 2013.. May be I'm a dreamer, but that's how you build a following..

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  7. Brianknowsbest says:

    Myers and hosmer for Price, would you do it?

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    • J 2.0 says:

      I would do Myers, Butler, and Gordon for Price, but KC is not a match for Price. Would have to be the Angels or Dodgers. Possibly the Brewers.

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  8. Burn H. says:

    If we do need to make a trade lets offer Helly or Davis to KC for Bubba Starling. Myer's is projected to be right fielder while Bubba is a center fielder, and you got to like that name.

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