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Price opts for abritation this offseason

Posted Oct 31, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated Oct 31, 2011 at 02:59 PM


David Price, because he is a Super Two player, made it official today and opted out of the final year of his contract for arbitration this offseason.

Price signed a six-year, $8.5 million deal in 2007 after the Rays made him the first overall pick in that year’s draft. The left-hander was in line to make $2.433 million in 2012 but will instead look for a pay raise either through arbitration or by reaching a deal with the Rays.

Price was the 2010 American League Cy Young Award runner-up after winning 19 games and starting the All-Star Game for the American League.

He was the Rays opening day starter in 2011 and went 12-13 with a 3.49 ERA in a career-high 224 1/3 innings. He also struck out a career-high 218 batters. He was named to his second All-Star team but did not pitch in the game because of a toe injury.

Since joining the Rays in September 2008, Price is 41-26 with a 3.38 ERA.

He is 0-3 over the past two postseasons, losing all three of his starts against the Rangers in the American League Division Series.


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