Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 3/29/13

If you don’t think Rays pitcher David Price is worth way more than the one-year $10 million deal he signed to stay with Tampa Bay, you are fooling yourself. And with Justin Verlander’s new contract that could exceed $202 million, the market for Price is set.  In February, Price spoke with FOX Sports about his current situation (contractually that is) with the Rays. He feels Tampa Bay may not offer him what he may already be looking for. Let’s go back and revisit his comments. I do know this could be my last year here — or half-year, whatever it is. It’s all up to the organization… I don’t play this game for the money, but I don’t want to be under-appreciated… They know I would love to be here. They know that. Everybody here knows that. If we can make that happen then we will. If not, then I’ll do it the other way…. That brings us to the present. Where Verlander’s new deal with Detroit will average $28 million per year for the last five seasons. How big is that figure? Well, it’s nearly half of the Rays entire payroll as ESPN’s Buster Olney points out in his tweet: Verlander deal reinforces what execs have known: There is no way TB can afford to keep Price. $28m would account for 45 pct. of payroll. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 29, 2013 Would the Rays be willing to fork over a good amount of the payroll to one player? If so, who would be on the roster to field a team with? Rays execs have said they can pay David Price. Theoretically, of course they can. However, if it’s at the expense of the entire team, I don’t see it being an option. And that’s a sad reality. The post Rays’ future may not include David Price appeared first on The Bay Cave.

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