Price on possible long-term deal with Rays: "If it's right, we'll do it"
Tampa Bay Rays Cy Young winning left-hander David Price was very pleased to get his one-year, $10.1125 million deal done and avoid arbitration, weeks before the Jan. 18 deadline.
“It’s always good to get this done early,” Price said Thursday. “I didn’t want to go into spring training and have to leave to go to an arbitration hearing.. The way we did our deal is very unique, that had a lot to do with the timing of it. It was a good time for it and a very good deal."
Price, 27, more than doubled the $4.35 million he made last year, when he went 20-5 with a league-leading 2.56 ERA to win the American League Cy Young. “The spirit of this deal is to do something that was fair to both sides,” executive VP Andrew Friedman said.
But with Price’s price continuing to rise, it would seem less likely the Rays can sign him to a long-term deal, especially with their payroll limitations. Price, a three-time All-Star who hits free agency after the 2015 season, has said he wants to stay.
“If it’s right, we’ll do it,” Price said. “If not, I have to understand it’s a business first and foremost. (The Rays) want to win this year but also be able to win in the future as well. They have to do what’s best for the franchise.”
-- JOE SMITH