A lot of people think the signing of Grant Balfour means the Rays are keeping David Price, including Bill Chastain.
Yes, it is looking more and more like the Rays are going to keep Price, at least until July. But I am not convinced the two moves are related.
If the Rays did trade Price, it is not like they were going to all of a sudden go into rebuilding mode and tank the season. There is still plenty of talent without Price and adding Balfour solidifies the back-end of the bullpen.
In fact, you can just as easily make the argument (although I don’t subscribe to it) that signing Balfour makes it more likely the Rays will trade Price, since the projected payroll is now over $82 million.
One theory I do subscribe to is how keeping Price makes it more likely the Rays will be more active as sellers at the trading deadline than they are normally. The payroll is likely stretched to the max and if everything is not going well, corrections will need to be made sooner rather than later.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- MLB Network is letting fans pick the “Face of MLB” in a bracket of players, which seems dumb to me, but whatever. Even dumber is Evan Longoria losing to Chase Utley in the first round. [MLB Network]
- The Rays have just three players on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospects list and none in the top 50. Jake Odorizzi is the highest-ranked at no. 56, followed by Hak-Ju Lee (no. 84), and Taylor Guerrieri (no. 94). [MLB.com]
- Marc Topkin has more on the local camps being hosted by Matt Joyce and San Fuld. [TampaBay.com]
- Is “Hard Knocks” coming to One Buc Place? [JoeBucsFan]
- Are you excited about the Winter Olympics? The Norwegian Curling team is. [BI Sports]