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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.

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Por (Carter Gaddis) on August 14, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Thanks, but we tried that before. Which is why Lancaster is the guy now (and he’s the man, believe me).

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Por (Tyler Marsh) on August 14, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Obviously we’re going to go way over slot here, but I’m very interested to see what the final deal looks like.  It’s got to be bigger than Porcello’s, which means probably 8+ million ML contract.

By my count, this will be the first significant over-slot bonus the NDRO will give out.  I’ve been disappointed with their lack of willingness to sign guys over-slot and that’s my biggest criticism of them so far.  Drafting guys like Kline and not signing Bryan Morris (TJ not withstanding) were big disappointments to me.  I know they have more to lose in revenue sharing than the Tigers, but they have just loaded up without having Top-3 pick anually by drafting best available without regard to bonus demands.

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Por (Tyler Marsh) on August 14, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Obviously we’re going to go way over slot here, but I’m very interested to see what the final deal looks like.  It’s got to be bigger than Porcello’s, which means probably 8+ million ML contract.

By my count, this will be the first significant over-slot bonus the NDRO will give out.  I’ve been disappointed with their lack of willingness to sign guys over-slot and that’s my biggest criticism of them so far.  Drafting guys like Kline and not signing Bryan Morris (TJ not withstanding) were big disappointments to me.  I know they have more to lose in revenue sharing than the Tigers, but they have just loaded up without having Top-3 pick anually by drafting best available without regard to bonus demands.

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Por (Steve Liddell) on August 15, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Not signing Price would be not only the Rays biggest blunder in their history,it would also be the biggest draft blunder in MLB history!It would be a public relations nightmare for the Rays.One in which they never could talk themselves out of.If signed to a 8 mil MLB contract,the Rays could spread it out over 4 years.It’s not like the Rays would have trouble dumping someone off their 40 man roster to make room for him.Decent FA pitchers cost 50 mil there days.8 mil is nothing comared to that.

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