As much as everyone is focused on David Price, the fact is the Tampa Bay Rays are in no rush to trade the starter.
The organization has plenty of time to decide when and how they will deal their ace because Price isn’t out of the team’s control until 2016. That means the Rays could hang on to him and deal him at the trade deadline in July of next year. They could also decide to offer him up at the 2014 Winter Meetings.
The reason why everyone is making a big deal is because Tampa Bay understands the team won’t be able to hang on to him. He’s one of the best starting pitchers in the game, which means he’s going to attract a massive contract.
The organization has figured out that they better strike while the iron is hot and Price is still pitching at a high-level. To watch him record 10 less wins and his earned run average increase by 0.77 in 2013 than in 2012 has to be a scary feeling for management. At this point, I can’t imagine the Rays want to see him lose any more value, which is why they are prepared to take offers now.
With that being said, Tampa Bay will wait as long as necessary. The reason for that is because when certain teams are unable to land certain players they become desperate. With the very limited talent available among starters this offseason, some teams will simply miss out on their targets. That’s when the Rays display Price in order to receive a great packaged deal in return.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks have all shown interest in Price. However, it doesn’t appear any of the teams are willing to give up the necessary pieces to acquire him. The good thing for the Rays is they have the luxury to sit around and wait for someone to give up the necessary prize.