While the chic speculation amongst sportswriters these days is how the Rays may have to trade away David Price, it's been the contention of this blog that the team's financial future may not be as grim as some paint it.
In fact, Rays' owner Stu Sternberg was quoted today saying, "there is no question that we can handle a contract like
David's, but what are you able to put around him?
"We haven't had (thoughts of trading Price)," Sternberg continued. "Others have speculated. There's been speculation but we haven't had those thoughts at all."
According to Roger Mooney at the Tampa Tribune, Sternberg added that he's "optimistic" about the stadium situation after his February meeting with St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster. And the team offsets "higher-than-expected" payrolls (such as 2013's expected $60+ million figure) with years where it's "lower than expected."