From the very beginning of the Tampa Bay Rays’ offseason they have been dealing with the rumors that David Price will be traded. No one has been more convinced that the Rays are going to trade Price than Price himself. As for as the Rays are concerned, they are willing to try and work out an extension but that might not prove possible. Even if the Rays really did want to re-sign Price to an extension, his value on the trade market is likely as high right now as it ever will be.
Price is very good at what he does and nobody could dispute that. Unless Max Scherzer hits the trade market this offseason he is definitely the biggest and best in starting pitchers available. That means that a ton of teams, literally almost every team in Major League Baseball is interested in him. If Price happens to be traded there is no doubt that he will guarantee a return to the Rays that would be way more than it would normally be.
That simply means that the Rays might end up with little choice in the matter. Can they really hang on to Price who has several more good years left for sure instead of receiving a huge package in return full of players that could be every bit as valuable as Price. It would be a while likely before they saw a return good enough to warrant the trade but any good baseball mind, including the Rays GM will clearly see the value of a trade. It quite simply should be unavoidable at this point.