It’s a pretty good week to be an ace pitcher.
Not even twenty-four hours after the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw agreed on a new deal, the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price have done the same. Unfortunately for Price (and Rays fans), the deal is only one-year in nature as to avoid arbitration.
Per Marc Topkin:
#Rays and Price agree on $14 million 1 year deal to avoid arbitration
Had Price went to arbitration, it was completely possible he would have been given over $15.5 million dollars – breaking the 2011 record held by Prince Fielder.
The deal unfortunately does nothing for Price in terms of a future with the Rays, who have reportedly been taking trade calls on their franchise arm.
Price, who made $10 million dollars in the 2013 season will become a free agent at the end of the 2015 season, which is why the Rays have been rumored to be shopping him. It’s doubtful any potential trade gets done prior to July’s deadline and even then that seems like a long shot.