“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 created...it'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.