David Price won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012, finishing with a 20-5 record and becoming the first AL East pitcher in nearly a decade to claim the league ERA title.
But he scored an even bigger victory just before the end of the year: He beat the fiscal cliff.
Even more intriguingly, he did so in a way that hinted at the possibility of a future trade.
Not long before the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, Price and the Tampa Bay Rays reached agreement on a one-year contract for 2013 worth slightly more than $10 million. The ingenuity of the team and Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, was in the details.
Price's contract included an immediate $5 million signing bonus, a 2013 base salary near $1 million, and $4 million in deferred salary payable in 2014.
Why is that breakdown significant? Well, remember what was going on in Washington, DC, at the time? Congress was working to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Eventually, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief...