USATSI_7968303_154511044_lowresWe still don’t know when David Price will be traded. But if you were still holding out hope that Price would stay with the Rays through next season or even beyond, Andrew Friedman is here to crap on your dreams.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times asked Friedman about the possibility of trading Price:

“I think, in a lot of ways, it’s our only chance for success,” Friedman told Kepner. “The trades that we’ve made, looking back, the only reason we got good players in return is because we traded really good players. And so it’s important for us to know what our weaknesses are and what our limitations are and operate within them.”

The idea that the Rays would trade Price to sustain the future of the organization should not be a surprise to anybody. But what is surprising is that Friedman was so open about trading one specific player.

In the past, Friedman (or Joe Maddon or Stuart Sternberg or Matthew Silverman) would make these same points when talking about the philosophy of the franchise in general. But when it came to specific players, the standard line has always been that they can, and are not afraid to, hold on to a player even as they near free agency and expensive arbitration salaries.

The reason for this is that the Rays never want to give other teams a sense that Friedman was desperate to make a move. A willingness to hold on to a player forces other teams to not only bid against each other, but also against the Friedman’s poker face, the best in baseball.

Apparently Price is so big, he changes the game.

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  1. Casey says:

    I think he's trying to start a bidding war pre deadline.

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  2. Dave L says:

    I would guess the reason the poker face is gone is because that ALL the baseball execs already know he is ready to be moved.

    So its mostly an olive branch to the more emotional part of the fanbase who love Price and rightly identify with him as one of the cornerstones of the sustained successful turnaround of the franchise

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  3. Joe Dunn says:

    Every day Price is not on the roster is a day they can write SMALLER payroll checks.....I expect it is very soon

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  4. Rob says:

    I think it means a deal is done and they will be announcing it soon.

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  5. Steve says:

    Time to prepare for 2015.Trade Price, Jennings,etc; and get the best return. Kiermaier, Guyer, Colome etc need to get the experience,and key McGee close full time.

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  6. Hurricanes says:

    Too bad about Price. Jennings, Zobrist, Joyce, etc., it's time for them to go.

    Rays need speed, hitting, pitching...............Andrew has his work cut out for him and there's a long way to go to turn this team around.

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  7. ken says:

    What worries me is that while the number of current contenders that could use Price appear large what they have to offer seems small. Rosenthal opines that the Cards should not include Tavares. No deal. The Dodgers need infield help more than pitching, no deal. The Jays, Brewers and Giants really could use him but a glance at their prospects reads like the Rays Milb system, no deal. Is there a "ghost team" we don't know about? Hopefully, because the likely suitors don't seem to have enough to get a "Rays" type deal done.

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  8. Woodrow744 says:

    I'll be glad when this is over so the national media can go back to complaining about attendance at the Trop

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  9. Buddhaboy says:

    i agree hurricanes. Speed, hitting. pitching. We look old in the tooth.

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