(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) — With trade rumors swirling around Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price, his manager, Joe Maddon, accepts that his ace could be dealt any day now.
Price’s name has come up with teams like the Mariners and Dodgers and could wind up being traded during the Winter Meetings. The 28-year-old Price is among the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, but he’ll be set to earn a new contract in the near future and with the Ray’s low payroll, he’ll be tough to hold onto.
“We traded James Shields,” Maddon said. “Carl Crawford’s gone. B.J. (Upton) left. It’s just the way this thing works.”
“Just think if you could have kept all those guys for several years and kept them together for maybe 15 years like the Yankees did starting in 1995, ’96 to present time. And I do commit myself to that thought on occasion, but the reality is, that’s not the way it is,” he continued.
Price won the 2012 American League Cy Young Award and in 2013, he went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA.
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