Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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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.