Found March 11, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Considering their limited payroll, the Tampa Bay Rays are ultimately expected to trade left-hander David Price rather than sign him to a lucrative long-term extension. However, owner Stuart Sternberg told reporters, including Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune, that the Rays can “absolutely” afford Price’s next contract and the team hasn’t discussed trading the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. “(Executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman) said and correctly that there is no question that we can handle a contract like David’s, but what are you able to put around him? But right now, and correctly, David is focused on this season and we’re focused on this season and speculatively it’s way too early for people to be focused on what’s three years from now, four years from now. David is an enormous part of this organization and has been so through all the success from 2008 to 2013.” Sternberg’s comments alone don’t indicate the team will keep Price long-term. He points out that Tampa Bay could pay him market value, but then he asks what would they be able to put around him. Sure they could sign him, but he would probably take up too much of their current payroll to make sense. Some have speculated that the Rays could look to maximize Price’s trade value and deal him as soon as this summer. However, Sternberg told reporters that Tampa Bay can “absolutely” keep the left-hander around next year. Price won’t hit the free agent market until 2016. Last season he maintained an ERA of 2.56 with a 3.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 31 starts. The 27-year-old owns a career ERA of 3.16 over five seasons in the majors. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + ''; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })(); Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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