Price: Winning will decrease chance of trade
There's nothing that can be done to limit the rampant speculation that David Price soon may be traded.
But Price said Monday that if the Rays keep winning he thinks it decreases the possibility that he actually will be dealt.
"If we continue to play good baseball the way that we have and continue to win, I feel like we have a shot,'' Price said. "I think that would lessen my chances of getting traded.''
Price said he has prepared himself - for several years - for an eventual deal, and that the speculation, intensified because of the Rays dismal start, has not been a distraction.
Asked his gut feeling if he would still be with the Rays after the July 31 deadline for non-waiver deals, Price said he thought he would.
"We're playing well right now, so I do expect to be here,'' he said. Asked about the possibility of being traded to the Yankees or another team in the AL East, Price said he didn't want that to happen because it would be tough to face them. "I would hope not,'' he said. "Tampa is the last team I would want to face to pitch against. ... Facing friends is the worst.''
He did say there was one exception: "Unless it was in the World Series, then that would be cool.''
Overall, Price said, "It would be weird to wear any other uniform, and it probably would be a littel more weird to wear one in the AL East.''