Talk about a 24 hour, 360 degree reversal. A day after stating he would never pitch for the New York Yankees because of their “old-school rules”, Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price took those statements back today. Speaking to reporters today, the 2012 American League Cy Young winner stated he was wrong for making the comments, calling the Yankees, “…the best organization in all of sports.”
In an interview yesterday, Price was asked about his impending free agency after the 2015 season and how long he envisions himself in a Rays uniform. In speaking about his prospects of joining a new team, he said if he were traded to the Yankees, he wouldn’t stay in the Bronx for long. “I wouldn’t stay there very long then. I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there,” said Price. Price’s main reason for not signing with the Yankees was based on the team’s rule against facial hair.
However, after probably hearing from his agent, Price changed his stance about the Yankees. “It probably wasn’t the best thing to say, but I didn’t mean anything by it,” said Price. Price also mentioned he didn’t want to seem as he was disrespecting the Yankees, noting he has friends that play for the team.
With Price set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, there is no doubt his agent wants the Yankees to bid on his client, at the very least, to boost up his price. With the Yankees insistence to stay under $189 million in 2014 to reset their luxury tax rate and spend like crazy after that season in free agency, Price was seen as one of their main future targets. After yesterday, it seemed he had taken himself off their wish list.
However, in a matter of 24 hours, the idea of Price in pinstripes could become reality.