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 Talks Will Go To Final Day
Posted Aug 14, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Aug 14, 2007 at 08:57 PM
An update from St. Pete on the negotiations between the Rays and David Price: There’s nothing to update at this point. The Rays remain confident they’ll be able to get a deal done before the 11:59 p.m. deadline tomorrow, but they will go into the final day still in discussions.
“Both sides are continuing to work very hard to come to an agreement before the deadline,” Andrew Friedman e-mailed earlier. ” We remain optimistic that we will complete a deal and we hope to have good news to report tomorrow.”
Frankly, I would be stunned if no deal is completed. As I wrote for Monday’s Trib, Price has minimal motivation to go back to school for his senior season. He’s not going to be able to improve his draft status, and even though the ‘Dores went out much earlier than everyone expected in the NCAAs, I think he’s accomplished about all he can at that level. Plus, there’s always the risk of injury. Look him to be a Ray by (hopefully not too late) tomorrow night. And keep in mind they’ll be using a 40-man spot if Price gets the major-league contract most expect.