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David Price thinks Masahiro Tanaka affected his trade market during the off-season

Feb 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

David Price‘s name has been and will continue to be thrown around in trade rumors as the lefty $14 million in 2014 and is eligible for arbitration for one more year before hitting free agency. The small market Rays are expected to eventually trade Price as they have done in the past with Matt Garza and James Shields.

The trade could have happened this off-season, but Price thinks that the Masahiro Tanaka bidding slowed down the market as teams waited for the Japanese star to pick a team. Tanaka eventually signed with the Yankees on January 22 on a seven-year, $155 million deal. From ESPN’s Jayson Stark:

“I felt like this offseason, everything just kind of fell in my corner, for me to stay with the Rays,” Price said Saturday, on the first day of his seventh spring training as a Ray. “With Tanaka not being able to sign until the 24th [of January] and stuff like that, it seemed like teams waited for that market to fall. You know, if he had signed during the winter meetings or something, it might have been a little bit different. That would have given teams a lot more time to figure out what they wanted to do.

“So I thought that after Tanaka signed, that next seven or eight days were pretty big. After that, I got to breathe a little bit. And today is a big day as well. Once I got to spring training, I felt like I would kind of be here.”

The Indians, Giants, Dodgers, Mariners, and Rangers were among the teams interested when rumors were rampant earlier this off-season.

  1. paperlions - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Those two markets were unrelated. The teams that were really in on Tanaka didn’t have the prospects Tampa would want in return. There is nothing that would have kept the Dodgers and Rays from making a deal after January 24th.

    Just like the market for Tanaka was unrelated to the market for all of the other starters that were (Garza) or still are (Santana, Jimenez) on the market….NONE of the teams interested in those guys were in on Tanaka….which is why after Tanaka signed, there wasn’t a rush of teams that missed out on Tanaka signing other starters.

    • cackalackyank - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      I confess I did think that all the other “front line” starters would sign quickly after Tanaka, but only Garza did. Quite correctly you point out that organizations flush with talent needed to land Price do not need to go out a pay for a guy like Tanaka, or Jiminez or Santana. The draft pick thing really help cement the fact that two of the better FA starters are unemployed after pitchers and catchers have reported around the league. In any case Price is wrong about his market being changed by Tanaka. Things that do impact his market: The size of the haul the Rays will want and the fact that there is a max of 25 clubs he may go to because he is not going to Baltimore, NY, Boston, or Toronto.

    • Kevin Gillman - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Actually, I think Danny Salazar and Francisco Lindor were the prospects Rays wanted from the Indians. But let’s face it, Price would have been gone in 2 years, and no way would that work for the Indians, especially if Salazar can develop into the ace the Indians have needed since CC Sabathia left.

      • paperlions - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        That would have been a horrible trade for Cleveland….the point was that the markets were unrelated, and Cleveland was never in on Tanaka. I rather doubt that Cleveland was interested in Price, but that the Rays were interested in Salazar and Lindor.

      • Kevin Gillman - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        you might be right, I think the Indians called just to find out what the Rays were interested in. The Rays, mopre than likely thinking the Indians had no chance went out and had a high demand, the Indians laughed, and said no thanks, end of discussion. But they did have the pieces Rays would have liked. Indians are finally starting to build that minor league system, slowly but surely. I just can’t wait to see Lindor play for Akron this season, and maybe Cleveland at the end of the year.

      • paperlions - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        A lot of teams have the pieces the Rays would want, but none of those teams are willing to give them up for 2 years of Price that will coast about $34M.

      • Kevin Gillman - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I just wonder how sincere Tampa was though in trying to trade Price. They might eventually do it, but I just think the timing was a bit off.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Price called Tanaka a nerd and said he should have picked a team sooner.

  3. jfk69 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    David..Every year the market has it nuances. Some break your way. Some the other way. Get over it. You have 14 million reasons to move on. I am starting not to like you.

    • indaburg - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      This blog post should also add that Price was happy he wasn’t traded. He said he loves being with Tampa Bay. So, he’s not upset about this, and there’s nothing to “get over.”

      http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/bhsn/2014/2/15/david_price_happy_to.html

      I started not to like him awhile ago even though he’s on my rooting interest with the nerds comment, and the women not driving in bad weather comment–hey, I resemble those two remarks–but this one is benign. It’s just his opinion on why the market didn’t favor his trade.

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Hello Burgie. Always speaking for the reasonable Floating Carpets fans, eh? Someone has to do it.

    • genericcommenter - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Learn how to read. He said everything worked out in his favor. He was anxious over that window of time because he didn’t want to be traded. Everything in the tone of this post suggests he wanted to be with the Rays for the season and he is relieved to make it to spring training still with the team.

      • jfk69 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        He will be traded at some point. Probably this season. It is how the Rays stay relevant in their division. Unless he wants to sign for 5 million less a season that what he could get on the open market. Try reading between the lines. Good company man.

  4. stephenolszewski - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Really wish The Indians could get Price but we would have to give up the farm for Price and as badly as they need a Ace not sure it’s worth it

  5. oldschoolnflman - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Price said he wouldn’t sign an extension with NY because he isn’t mature enough to understand some companies want their employees looking professional. So, since the Yankees signed Tonka, did that eliminate a possible destination for him? No.

  6. pastabelly - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    His trade market was limited to non AL East teams who had excess prospects in their system who could either afford an extension for him or who didn’t mind a one year rental. In other words, I think the Dodgers are the only team that fit that profile and their main piece of business was the Kershaw extension. Ketshaw > Price.

    • pastabelly - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:58 AM

      Oops meant two year rental.

    • paperlions - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      I agree. The number of teams with the prospects, money, and need for Price is incredibly small. Almost every team that has the prospects the Rays are looking for already have good pitching staffs and weren’t giving up youth and position prospects to strengthen a strength. The Rays still want teams to value prospects like they did 5-10 years ago, but most of the teams that value prospects that lowly have already traded most of theirs away or aren’t very good at drafting and developing.

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