The Detroit Tigers made one of the two big blockbuster trades at the MLB trade deadline when they acquired former Cy Young winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays. Price returns to Tampa as the Tigers take on his former team this weekend and he revealed some information on his future plane.
David Price just confirmed that has not had conversations with the #Tigers about a long-term contract as of yet.
— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) August 19, 2014
Price, 28, is scheduled to be a free agent after 2015 so it is not totally surprising to find out that the two parties have not engaged in contract discussions yet, especially considering he has only been with the team for three weeks.
The Tigers may not engage in contract talks with Price until there is a resolution with Max Scherzer who turned down more than $100 million in spring training and is a free agent at the end of the season. If Scherzer leaves Detroit and signs elsewhere, the attention will turn to Price who will command a $100 million deal himself.
Price is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts with Detroit and 12-8 with a 3.12 ERA overall for the season and leads the American League in innings pitched with 191.1 and in strikeouts with 212.
The Tigers are tied with the Seattle Mariners for the second Wild Card spot in the American League and trail the Kansas City Royals by two games at the time of publishing with a 66-56 record after going 4-6 over the last 10 games while the Royals went 8-2.