Price 'prepared' to be traded, 'open-minded' to extension
As most of baseball seems to be talking about him, ace LHP David Price told the Tampa Bay Times today he is preparing to be traded and would be "open-minded" to signing an extension with a new team depending on the situation.
Price has been the primary subject of trade speculation at the winter meetings, with the Mariners and Dodgers among the teams considered most interested. Price said at the end of the Rays season he expected to be traded, and given all that has been reported and rumored here he has no reason - and certainly no assurances from the Rays - to think otherwise now.
"It's something I've kind of prepared myself for,'' Price said via text message. "I've seen my teammates go through it and watched how they handled it. Just waiting to see what is going to happen.''
Price has two years until he becomes eligible for free agency, but given the high price the Rays will demand, any team acquiring him likely will want to at least try to sign him long term. That could be part of the deal, though the Rays don't have to - and may not want to - grant a team permission to negotiate.
Wednesday morning, agent Bo McKinnis told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal Wednesday morning that Price would consider signing an extension with some teams, but not with the Mariners, which could certainly impact their thinking about pursuing a deal.
But Price told the Times later, "I'm open minded to anything. Guess it depends on where I go - where is it and are they winning.''
Price has checked in regularly with McKinnis for updates on the situation. At some point it would seem he would want, or even seek, a date for resolution so he can start preparing for either returning or moving on, but that doesn't appear to be his strategy yet.
"I guess if I don't ever get the date that means I'm not traded,'' Price said, "so that's the way I'll look at it!''