There are not too many teams that have a ton of young pitching talent. If you could pinpoint one team in general, it would be the Tampa Bay Rays. Even though the team has traded away James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals, the Rays still have their big stud pitcher in David Price. Tampa Bay has to make it a point to keep Price at all costs after this season ends.
Price is likely going to be looking for an eight or nine-year contract worth somewhere near $200 million dollars. That may seem very high for any player but with the way that pitchers are getting paid right now in Major League Baseball, it is the going rate. Price could easily become the first pitcher to get that much money guaranteed and he deserves it with how well he has pitched in the last number of years. The time has come for Price to get paid what he is worth.
This will prompt a huge discussion in Tampa and I’m sure it has already been discussed but it is a deal that has to get done for the Rays to continue being successful. The Rays have been doing well and this year will be a test to see how the team does after trading some pitching away. Price though is probably a bigger piece than either Shields or Davis was. It won’t be easy for the pocketbook but it is a necessary evil to stay competitive these days in a very competitive American League East.