Rays’ David Price Expects to Be Traded in Offseason

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Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — He may be the team’s best starting pitcher, but Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price feels his time with the team is coming to a close and that he’ll be traded during the offseason.

“If you go with what’s been done in the past, I guess your going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price said Wednesday.

“It’s not disappointing or anything like that,” Price added. “This is a place I love to be. My teammates and everyone in the organization know that. It’s part of baseball, and its’ something I’ve seen go on, it’s kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for.”

Price is eligible for arbitration heading into next season, and is expected to get a raise from his 2012 salary of $10 million.

In years past, the team has traded away or let other players leave via free agency like Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, and James Shields.

Price was the first overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Rays. Since his debut in 2008, Price has gone 71-39 with a 3.10 ERA.

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