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.