During the annual Winter Meetings, it appeared the Tampa Bay Rays would move starting pitcher David Price. It was clear they were involved in discussions and rumors suggested they were likely hoping to avoid paying Price four million dollars in deferred money if not traded by December 31st. That date was incorrect though as Price isn’t owed that money until October of 2014.
Despite that, the offers simply weren’t there for the Rays, who opted to leave the meetings with their ace intact.
And with no clock running (at least not yet) on the potential payout, the Rays are reportedly in no rush to trade their All-Star arm:
But there is no deadline, no drop-dead date by which the Rays have to make a deal or tell Price he isn’t being traded. Reports that they are motivated to do so by Dec. 31 to hand off payment of $4 million in deferred money are incorrect: The payment isn’t due until Oct. 1, and it is the Rays’ obligation, so really a nonfactor, as including it would be the same as asking for cash in a deal and subject to MLB approval.