David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The $14 million salary will be the largest one-year salary in Rays history.
Each passing day increases the reality that Price could be the team’s opening day starter rather than taking the mound elsewhere. Going into the offseason, even Price felt as if a trade would be inevitable as it fits the team’s history of moving starting pitchers with two years remaining on their contracts.
This is a very different situation and calls for a different strategy.
Here are three reasons it makes both dollars and sense for the Rays to keep Price this season.