Some David Price contract speculation: How about $95-million over 7 years?
Picking up on our Sunday piece on the possibility of a long-term deal for LHP David Price, Tim Dierkes of the always informative site mlbtraderumors.com presents an interesting analysis of the situation, based on what Price has done and what the market could yield -- and, just brace youself -- he comes up with a 7-year deal for $95-million.
Dierkes' premise - which he acknowledges is likely too long a deal and too rich for the Rays - is based on giving Price $35-million for his upcoming four arbitration years and then $20-million a year for his three free agent seasons. As Dierkes notes, "Such a contract would be unprecedented, however, and not in the way that the Rays have embraced previously. Plus it's difficult to picture a $20MM pitcher on the Rays, even if their payroll is higher by 2016.''
Dierkes does make some good observations looking at comparable players on what should be an interesting subject of conversation and speculation going forward. Price is under Rays control through the 2015 season, and will be eligible for arbitration four times starting next season.