MLB: FEB 21 Rays Spring Training[UPDATE] Jon Heyman says the deal is for $10.1 million.

[YESTERDAY] Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is reporting that David Price has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Rays. Terms of the deal are not yet known.

Price was eligible for arbitration for the second time. He made $4.35 million in 2012 and was looking at a hefty raise. We had him projected to make $9.5 million in 2013.

 
 

8 Comments

  1. Dave L says:

    He’s the bargain of the century at under $10M.

    He would have easily gotten a better deal than Greinke if he were a FA this year.

  2. Joe says:

    Looks like he came in at over $10, but waiting to see. The pressure is on to get a long term deal done. I say do it. Please. Step up and keep him. Trade him, and you can’t win the deal, let alone break even.

  3. don says:

    Don’t know if arbitration can give him 100%+ more than he made last year….whats next year (with no disaters)$20mil..?
    Were renting a player..

  4. Drew says:

    What was the benefit to this for the Rays?

    • Alex says:

      They don’t have to go to arbitration with Price and try to make him look bad. He was projected to get about 9.5 million and we have no idea what Price was looking for. So maybe they compromised on this number. Maybe they are trying to keep him happy while working on a long term deal. Numerous reasons to do this

  5. Gus says:

    Congrats to DP. Much prefer to see the Rays spend the bigger $ on guys who have earned it here, and he certainly has done so. While I think a long-term deal is unlikely, it is a show of good faith here to not go to arb with him. 2013 is a year to win the World Series; no sense monkeying around with your ace over a few sheckles. Get him in camp, healthy and not distracted (no AK 47s in the spring training house would be a nice start). Now go win the World Series.

    • Beth says:

      I believe the AK 47 was Longoria’s. Perhaps with a baby on the way he’ll rethink the wisdom of having unsecured assault weapons lying around the apartment?

      Agree with everyone else that the point of avoiding arbitration was a show of good will on both sides; doubt the actual arb figures would have been much different.

      • Gus says:

        Price and Longo shared the house with the AK-47, no?

        In any event, a spring training without Matt Bush running wild on US 41,without assault weapons and without Manny Ramirez’s estrogen meds would be welcome. Longo and Price have a chance to be historic figures in baseball. They’ve got some real money now. Time to go win some championships.

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