David Price said he felt like his career with the Tampa Bay Rays was over, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune:
As was the case with every highly paid player in team history, Price thinks he has priced himself off the Rays' payroll.
“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.
If Price is indeed traded, there will be no shortage of teams interested in the lefties services. But like the Rays received in deals for Matt Garza and James Shields, teams will be needing to pay a hefty price tag.
Let's compare Garza, Shields and Price in their last two years with the Rays:
Shields blasts Price in strikeouts, but quality starts and WHIP are close, and Price holds the edge in ERA.
Looking at what Tampa Bay got in deals for Shields (Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi) and Garza (Hak-Ju Lee and Chris Archer), it's safe to say they should get that (and more) for Price. Also consider Price has a Cy Young Award to his credit as well.
The Rays have a big decision to make this offseason, and if they choose to move Price, some team will be gaining one of the best young aces in the game.