By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on July 29, 2014
All season long, the most burning question in baseball has been where will Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price end up? As the trading deadline approaches, there has not been a single name that has been mentioned more than Price. But as the deadline comes and goes, here are five reasons why he will remain a Ray.
No matter how well the Rays are playing, it is hard to fill their home park each night. With the loss of Price, the Rays give a sign that the season is over and a reason for many fans to just stay home.
Generally, the Rays have been a second-half team. When others count them out, they step forward and compete for the playoff race. This season, the Rays looked to be buried at the bottom of the American League East, but after a hot stretch, they are right back in the race for both a Wild Card spot and the division.
Earlier in the year, the Rays were believed to have turned down a deal for superstar shortstop prospect Addison Russell. If this is the case, teams looking to add Price would have to mortgage their future in the farm system to even have a chance to get Price. He also has another year left before free agency, meaning Tampa Bay's asking price can be even greater.
During the first half of the season, the Rays battled countless injuries. Many of those players are now back. With stars like last year's Rookie of the Year Wil Myers on the road to recovery, the Rays are primed to stay in the race through the final months.
Since 2010, Price has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has won a Cy Young award, appeared in four All-Star games and has become a pitcher who no opponent wants to face. By keeping him, the Rays have their best chance of contending this season. With the new one-game playoff Wild Card format, the Rays will be one of the toughest outs in the game with Price on the hill.
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