The 2012 Cy Young award winner, David Price‘s asking price wouldn’t be any higher than it is right now for the Tampa Bay Rays. Carrying a $10.11 million salary in 2012, Price still has two season left in arbitration years. If not traded by the deadline, then it is a strong possibility Price will be on the move in the off-season.
Price has gone on record saying he will not take a pay cut any time soon. Price recently told Fox Sports, “I don’t play this game for the money, but I don’t want to be under-appreciated.”
If Price advances to his fourth straight All-Star appearance and continues to place himself into the Cy Young discussion, then under-appreciated he would no longer be. With his performance the last three seasons, he warrants a contract ranging from $15-20 million a year. Sadly enough, that’s a number the Rays could find cumbersome to keep up with — especially in long term discussions.
Although the Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said it is “absolutely” possible that they keep Price long-term, if Tampa Bay begins to slide in their division standings — than a trade during the peek time in Price’s value makes sense.
At 27, Price is capable of earning Matt Cain type money. He notched 20 wins last year and has over 200 strikeouts in the previous two seasons.
His 2013 season has started slow, sitting 0-1 with two no decisions and has given up four home runs so far. Even so, Price should still command a sizable contract. Knowing Tampa Bay is a small market club, trading him is more realistic than spending a majority of the teams payroll on one player.
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