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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Posted Oct 9, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 08:25 PM
ST. PETERSBURG – David Price said he’s preparing himself for the end of this career as a Tampa Bay Ray.
“If you go with what’s been done in the past I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price said Wednesday night on a conference call.
The 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner who earned $10.1125 million this past season during his second year of arbitration eligibility, feels he’s about to price himself off the Rays payroll and join the likes of Matt Garza and James Shields, fellow pitchers who were traded for prospects.
“You’ve seen it happen a couple of times already,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past.”
Price said he’s not frustrated or mad about the prospect of leaving the organization.
“It’s not disappointing or anything like that,” he said. This is a place I love to be. My teammates and everyone in the organization knows that. It’s part of baseball and it’s something I’ve seen go on, it’s kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for.”
Price, who has told his teammates about his desire to stay, felt he might be pitching his final game as a Ray last Saturday during his Game 2 start at Boston in the American League Division Series.
“It’s crossed my mind several times,” he said, “in Texas as well and every other (elimination game) we’ve played.”
Price, who could make $13 million in 2014, said he hasn’t talked to the Rays about a long-term deal, though he would like to remain with the Rays.
When asked if he would take a hometown discount, Price said, “We’ll just have to see what that is.”