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David Price would not consider an extension with the Mariners if he’s traded there

Dec 11, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

A David Price-to-the-Mariners trade just got a lot harder:


Rosenthal adds that this doesn’t necessarily end the trade speculation inasmuch as, even with no extension, Seattle would get two years worth of Price. Which, of course, would coincide with what are likely to be Robinson Cano‘s two best years in Seattle. Really, the M’s need to go for it now, and they can go for it with Price, Cano and maybe another couple of pieces.

But it certainly means that the Mariners trading away top prospects for Price is off the table, as you shouldn’t rent a pitcher for two seasons at the cost of a potential ace you have under cheap team control for six.

The bigger story: no one of stature except Robinson Cano apparently wants to play in Seattle.

  1. historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Except the King.

    • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      And Thomas Crapper. People forget so easily. When he invented the flush toilet in England, they called him mad. He and the original “crapper,” now in the basement of Doc Maynard’s saloon on Pioneer Square, found acceptance and a home in Seattle, and none of our lives (except for those wearing Depends) have ever been the same.

      So will Robinson Cano. So will others.

      • mikhelb - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Thomas Crapper didn’t invent the flush toilet, it has existed for more than 5000 years.

      • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Sorry man, the myth is bigger than both of us.

  2. shawnuel - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I think you can argue that it is possible to “go for it” without giving up a possible stud starter with 6 years of control left for someone who will cost just as much over 2 seasons and then, not come back. Walker won’t be in Price’s stratosphere for a couple years but I wouldn’t count that possibility out. Sign a Jimenez/Garza/Colon type, flip a minor prospect for Chris Capuano and you have yourself a pretty solid rotation, plus, the money for either another big bat or two via free agency or to take on the salary of a trade piece (Kemp, Bautista etc.)

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Seems to throw cold water on all those Mariners fans and others that over the past few days where counting on the Mariners adding Price to their team. An addition that many of them were thinking would be just one more spoke in the wheel to respectability after Cano.

    • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      You seem to be jumping the gun, my friend, on supposed bad news to Mariner fans, no matter how gleefully this news makes you feel. First off, things change, and minds are particularly fond of this occurrence. Secondly, who knows what McKinnis knows. Third, his leaving in two years certainly wouldn’t negate a deal, and fourth the Mariners have many more options than Price, cause they have like, a minor league system that has, you know, good players.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        It doesn’t make my “gleeful”, just making an observation. Absolutely things change, but the reality is as of today the likelihood of Price joining the Mariners doesn’t appear to be as good as some would have hoped. As you say they may have more options then Price but very few if any of those options are probably in the same class as Price.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        correction: It doesn’t make “me” gleeful…

      • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Some good news, I think, for the Bombers. A pitcher named Kyle Haynes was just disclosed as a part of the Stewart deal with the Pirates. He isn’t one of their top 30 prospects but he did post impressive numbers and could be a sleeper.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        I saw that earlier, not a bad get for the Yankees considering Stewart had no place on the 2014 Yankees. The kids young in Low A still a long way to go before anything definitive can be said about him good or bad. But I like it in any case.

  4. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Any one will play for Seattle as long as you give them 200+mil.

    • billybawl - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      This. Everybody has a price, it’s even part of his name, gee whiz.

      This is just agent speak for “we’re going to try to exert whatever leverage we can to squeeze more money out of his next team.”

  5. benihanagt - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Price doesn’t want to be on a team where he’s the 2nd or 3rd best pitcher. Felix + Kuma + Price would be fun to watch…..each lose 12 games because they only score 3 per game.

    • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      …while they all get twenty wins, make the play-offs, leave other teams wishing they were as good as them.

  6. 18thstreet - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    If you’re the Mariners, you can hope that David Price can be convinced that Seattle is a cool city if he spends time there. (Which it is.) And you can hope that your chaotic franchise has turned the corner (which, if you’re the Mariners, you HAVE to hope that.

    I don’t think this rules out Seattle trading for David Price.

  7. fanoftailgating - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Sure, why would he want to be paired up with King Felix… an incredible pitcher-friendly park….with a new superstar in town…..and up-and-coming youth (not unlike TB a few years ago)? But then he’d be stuck living in Seattle with it’s awful quality of life. Makes total sense to me.

    • pshrg - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      “Awful quality of life”? Do tell, world traveler.

  8. 12thmanseattle - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    the prospects we would’ve given up for Price would not have been worth it. Safeco is a pitchers ballpark we do not need 3 top of the line aces on the staff. King, Kuma and a guy like garza or Jimenez (guys we give up no prospects for) plus a combo of Walker and another younger pitcher at the back end would be sufficient. Go out and trade for a guy like Kemp sign Cruz or Choo and reevaluate the pitching staff at the trade deadline. I think if we show a good amount of improvement this year that is the important thing.We don’t necessarily have to go for the world series the first year. then next offseason we are in a much better position to go out and try to bring in guys again to complete the roster and then compete. Plus at that point we will have a much better idea of if Smoak, Ackley, Saunders, Zunino, Seager, Etc will be franchise guys or if we should look to upgrade at those positions. Just my opinion

    • blynch67 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      = Pipe Dream

      • 12thmanseattle - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I dont think that is reaching in the least bit. that is two free agents and a trade. In all honesty the Hart signing could replace the need to bring in choo or cruz . All that leaves is a pitcher when there are quite a few serviceable pitchers on the market and trading for a bat. In fact I think the hart signing and not bringing in choo or cruz is a blessing in disguise. We can move franklin to a utility role or the outfield and keep all of our major league ready talent

  9. cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    “The bigger story: no one of stature except Robinson Cano apparently wants to play in Seattle”

    That about sums it up. The M’s don’t seem to have credibility with some players. They may have a problem here.

  10. titansbro - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Seattle >>>>>>>> TB. I’ve lived in Seattle & very close to TB. I cannot overstate how much better Seattle is than TB.

  11. lightcleric - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    So if he was offered an extension, he would tell them “SAVE IT NERDS”?

  12. xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Price would be a beast in Seattle and that ridiculous ball park.

  13. hittfamily - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM


  14. bubbalynch - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    According to sources, Price wants to finish out his career with The Los Angeles Dodgers. Wants a contracts similar to the one Greinke received.

  15. tedwmoore - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    These Price to Seattle rumors make some sense, I guess, but with the price tag being what everyone thinks it is, and Seattle needing all kinds of help on offense, why is no one writing about a Seattle-Cleveland trade possibility. Bourn or Swisher or Stubbs make sense for Seattle, at least to me. Then again, I am not a baseball exec or anything close to it, but from a fan’s perspective, it seems like a good fit.

  16. shockgee - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    David Price just continues to show what an arrogant jerk he really is. I mean come on, you’re living the dream that most aspiring ballplayers will never live, and he’s saying he doesn’t want to stay with that team long term? What, cause it’s the Mariners? They actually are making strides to contend from here and years to come. Jeez, you play in the worst ballpark, have the lamest fan base and play for a team that is stuck in West Florida. Man, quit being Mister Wonderful and show some respect for those who are wanting to give you the keys to the city. Seattle sure as hell beats Tampa for quality of life.

    • hittfamily - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      You call someone an arrogant jerk, call his fan’s lame, his ball park the worst, insult his city, then tell him to show some respect?

      He’s played for the poorest team, with bad fans, in a crappy ballpark, and watched his friends get traded away every year, and never complained once. Don’t you think he deserves the right to pick where he will spend the final parts of his career. Just because he doesn’t want to live in your city, or play for a revolving door manager, doesn’t mean he won’t. He just won’t choose to, when it’s finally his choice. No reason for the hate.

    • American of African Descent - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Jealous much? There are about 100 people on the planet who can do what David Price can do as well as he can do it. (How do we know this? 25 players a team, 30 teams, 750 players. Perhaps half of them are pitchers. And there can be no legitimate dispute that Price is in the top third of MLB pitchers.) He has earned the right to exercise whatever leverage he has.

      While you might prefer Seattle to another city, that doesn’t mean Price does or that he should. Also, would you call Strasbourg arrogant if he said he wouldn’t agree to a long term extension with Washington or any other team? If the answer is “no,” you’re a hypocrite.

  17. hittfamily - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Do you blame him for not wanting to go to Seattle? No mass transit system. Females driving galore!

    • stex52 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Har har har. Good shot.

  18. farvite - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    They’ll probably trade Walker for him anyway.

  19. paperlions - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Everyone that works in a profession in which you have no ability whatsoever to choose the city in which you with work and in which you company may trade you to another company requiring you to move across the country raise your hand.

    No one? Then shut up.

    Ball players have no say in where they will play until they are at least 28. If at that point they finally earn and take advantage of the right, that is not being arrogant, that is finally getting to make a choice that most of us take for granted. Life is about more than money or fame.

  20. ejheim62 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    wondering if he’ll reconsider, when Seattle management points out the fact that they’re going to be starting the five or six first basemen they have on the roster? Ahhh, probably not.

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