The Price for David Price

Living in Chicago, I hear sports news from a different viewpoint. Depending on the radio station that I am listening to, I will hear either Cubs news or White Sox news. Never really both, unless major news has been made or the station is talking about baseball in general. As a Rays fan, the only time I hear the words “Tampa Bay Rays” uttered is when a major transaction occurs or when the beat guys for the Cubs/White Sox is brainstorming how each organization could seemingly easily acquire a certain Rays player due to the team being a winning team but unable to afford a players’ escalating salary. It becomes laughable, to me at least, on how much they would low-ball the Rays in a trade. I am not sure if its due to unfamiliarity towards the Rays or complete naivity towards how a trade works, but I have heard and texted into shows on how unrealistic their trade proposals are.

One night this offseason, I was listening to a Cubs-themed show and became frustrated towards the radio host. He chimed into that the Cubs new revitalization of Wrigley Field and surrounding areas enabled the Cubs the possibility of signing David Price when he hits Free Agency. He went onto say that the Rays are more worried about stadium issues and Price is likely frustrated because of that and the fact that Longoria got a lifetime deal with Rays and he didn’t. Totally untrue and baseless ramblings, but this was being told to Cubs fans everywhere as fact. I went onto tweeting the radio host, to no reply, that his rumormongering is hilarious and the Cubs should only pray Price becomes a FA.

Price, in my honest opinion, will not become a free agent until he’s a few years into his 30’s. While national media doesn’t believe the Rays could afford another huge longterm deal, Friedman and ownership have stated that the organization has the means to do another but are unsure of the rammifications to future roster-building due to massive contracts. Also, with questions surrounding TV deal payouts and stadium issues, Rays will hold off in signing a Price deal unless they get one that is quite team-friendly.

Barring an extension, I believe Friedman would attempt to trade Price for a “kings ransom” in the next 15 to 18 months. I also believe that any team willing to be open to trade the players needed to acquire Price will be like any other team acquiring a big-name pitcher and negotiate a signing window. In my estimation, it will likely take one of the biggest trade packages in MLB history to acquire Price.

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2 Responses to The Price for David Price

  1. Jonathan says:

    I think maybe the window is more like 9-12 months, but I agree with the concept. My biggest fear is Friedmans love of depth in a deal. I feel like his past has revealed that he is willing to decrease demands in terms of the best players in a deal in return for org depth – I’m looking at you chorinos, fuld and guyer.

    The shields trade was a step in the right direction, but the price for Price needs to include a young player who has already been successful at the major league level and another top prospect. I can see Friedman only requiring one of those two things as long as we get 7 guys back

    • buddaley says:

      I don’t see your example demonstrating that Friedman is willing to sacrifice quality for depth. In addition to the three players you mention, the Rays also acquired Archer and Lee, both of whom were projected to become regulars (mid rotation or better starter and starting shortstop). Whether they do or not remains to be seen, but the trade netted both depth and expected quality for the Rays.

      The recent trade has done the same. Myers certainly represents more than depth, and even Odorizzi is projected to become a mid-rotation starter. In fact, in terms of ceiling, both Montgomery and Leonard are seen as more than depth, although it is fair to say that is what they represent now.

      I am not sure when Friedman traded a star player for nothing more than depth. Even Kazmir brought back Torres who was seen as a real pitching prospect. (And as disappointing as he turned out, Sweeney was also perceived as a regular at the time of the trade.) He has dealt lesser players or prospects (like Jaso & Bortnick) for relievers or bench players (Lueke & Roberts), but in most cases he has acquired potential regulars (Joyce, Escobar).

      Price certainly outshines all previous traded Rays and if and when he is dealt will almost certainly bring back a package that represents that quality. In other words, someone like Myers would likely be the second player mentioned, not the headliner.

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