Now that the Tampa Bay Rays have officially started their offseason, speculation has ramped up regarding the future of David Price. The Rays’ Ace was already the subject of trade speculation before the Rays lost in the ALDS, but now the pitcher himself has fueled the rumor fire. During a recent conference call, Price came out and said that he expects to be traded in the near future:
“If you go with what’s been done in the past, I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded. You’ve seen it happen a couple of times already. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past.”
Price is referring to past Rays’ pitchers like Matt Garza and James Shields, who were both shipped out of Tampa before their contracts were up for renewal. But despite Price’s sneaking suspicion, he maintains that he’d like to stay in Tampa.
So now it’s safe to say that the ball is firmly in the Rays’ court. Their Ace has made his feelings public and he’s exposed the team’s past trends in the process. It’s not like Rays’ fans weren’t aware of the past dealings, but now the team will certainly look bad if Price is not re-upped with a long-term deal.
We’ll have to see how all of his plays out, but I think Tampa would be foolish to ship off a pitcher the caliber of David Price.