Re: One tough lefty down, one to go...
posted at 10/5/2013 12:26 PM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
If we win this next game, there probably won't be a next Price start until April!
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to kimsaysthis' comment:
Batting practice is over. Good job guys. Time to hammer Price. He deserves a bad game. We don't want him too confident if he has a second start. Time to take him down!
FTR I made a similar post saying it was time for Wakefield to take King Felix down. Everyone mocked it, but it happened. Just sayin'.
But what uniform will he be wearing?
He was paid just over $10M this year, which is about the limit the Rays will ever pay anybody no matter how good they are.
Price has 2 arb years left, and the injury this year depressed his stats enough to effect his raise to some extent, but never the less, he will get a nice raise. His trade value is still very high. 2 full years of control for an ace. The rays may trade him this winter or at the next trade deadline, and perhaps even next winter, if they are looking to make a strong push for a 2014 ring. It's hard to imagine any scenario where he does not get traded at all. The return in trade would very much outweigh the comp pick they'd get after 2015, and an extension is near an impossibility, unless David accepts a grossly team-friendly deal.
I'd love to get Price, but getting the Rays to trade him to us would be very very difficult. As much as Price is a big part of the Rays winning ways, I think they could still be a tough team without him, especially if they get an instant impact young player like Myers as part of the return deal.
The Rays will still have a formidable rotation even with the loss of Shields this year and perhaps Price next year:
24 Matt Moore 17-4 3.29 1.297
25 Alex Cobb 11-3 2.76 1.151
24 Chris Archer 9-7 3.22 1.127
27 Hellickson 12-10 5.17 1.351
23 Jake Odorizzi 0-1 3.94 1.213 (30 IP)
#45 prospect on MLB.com (was #68 on BA)/3.15 ERA in 232 IP with AAA
24 Alex Colome 1-1 2.25 1.431 (16 IP)
They also have some other young pitchers: Alex Torres 25, E Romero 22, and others on the farm.