Thursday, October 10, 2013

David Price Indicates He's Expecting Trade...and its MLB's Fault

David Price may have two years left before he can file as a free agent, but the realities of baseball economics have the Cy Young Award-winner expecting a trade this offseason.  The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney reports:
“If you go with what’s been done in the past, I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price said Wednesday night on a conference call.

Price said he has not discussed his future with executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. And Friedman, when asked earlier in the day about Price’s future with the club, declined to get into specifics.
The choices facing Friedman are these: Trade Price this offseason, sign him to a one-year deal and move him at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline if the Rays are not in contention, or sign him to a one-year deal and trade him after the 2014 season, hoping he stays healthy in 2014, returns to his 2012 form and his value increases.
Of course, the Rays could keep Price at his new $13 million (?) price tag, but then it starts to cut into owners' profits, and that's just not going to happen.

As I've said before, this isn't a problem Tampa Bay fans's a problem MLB, the Yankees, and Red Sox created...and increased revenue sharing (a la the NFL) is the only way to fix it.


  1. Are we "assuming" again about the Rays finances? Pointing fingers without facts isn't good journalism. Also, I thought before you disagreed with "revenue sharing", and now your praising it to make a point against capitalism? Though as a Red Sox fan, we would think you would be for Price moving out of the AL East?

    1. In lieu of the team providing any financials, there are best-educated estimates.

      And your single-biggest flaw, Dufala, is assuming I have motives or biases other than providing perspective and the full picture.

    2. Making assumptions based on "best-educated estimates" isn't fair about a team that plays "the fairest game in sports". "And your" confusing "motives" for hopes & wishes... lol

    3. When companies refuse to provide financials, educated guesses are made all the time. Just ask Forbes, CNBC, Fox Business, etc.