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Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune on October 9:
"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.
The writing has been on the wall for some time, and after making $10.1 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility last offseason, chances are David Price will be playing elsewhere by the end of the 2014 season.
The 28-year-old is under team control through 2015, so his value may never be higher than it is right now, but the Rays still won't just deal him for the sake of dealing him. Any team that picks him up will do so with the intention of extending him, and that won't come cheap, so large-market teams would appear to be the landing spot.
Potential Landing Spots: Braves, Cubs, Rangers, Red Sox, Twins
Pitchers the caliber of David Price don't hit the trade market very often, and a bidding war between teams could drive the Rays' already high asking price even higher. Of all the teams likely to be interested, the Cubs and Red Sox would seem to have the most payroll flexibility and prospect depth to work with, as the Braves and Rangers trail them in the prospect department.
The wild card here is the Minnesota Twins, as they have arguably the best farm system in baseball and are a team on the rise. The Yankees, Angels and San Francisco Giants could really use Price and all have large payrolls, but they just don't have the pieces to put together a competitive package.