Does this mean this is Price's last year with the rays?
Can someone please explain to me how this works?
Price was arbitration-eligible for this coming season ... as well as for the 2014 and 2015 seasons ... and, I believe, he becomes a free agent in 2016.
Personally, it seems to me the Rays will ALWAYS dump a player when that player's salary reaches the point of exceeding $10 million. Maybe ... MAYBE ... they might make an exception for re-signing Price for the 2014 season ... but I think he'll definitely be gone shortly thereafter.
Price is under the Rays control through 2015, so next year they will do this dance again.....Now, depending on the 2013 David has, his $$$ figure will either go up (more than likely), stay where it's at, or go down (unlikely).......Again depending on the season he has, Price could get traded like Shields was, in the off season for a team that can afford his $$$ numbers.......I do know that David has had some long chats with Longo, Joyce and a couple of other former ML who have made Tampa Bay their permanent home about staying here, even for lesser money, and to be a Ray for a long time......He has a home here, is having another one built (probably for his folks), will be getting involved in a couple of business ventures in Tampa Bay, so it looks like this is where he wants to be.......But that will all rest in the RFO hands after the 2013 season is over.
So lets just enjoy everything he gives the Rays in 2013 and worry about 2014 when the time comes!
I'm not "worrying"! I simply provided the underlying contract information that you reiterated here.
But, in my personal opinion, I'd guess that Price will get another one-year deal from the Rays for 2014 ... and wil be traded shortly thereafter in much the same manner as Shields was ... for several serious young prospects. Plus, I don't think this team will ever hold on to guys long-term who are earning much over $10 million annually. (And, I wouldn't, either!)
Of course, if Price continued to be as good as he was this past season, and if he was willing to sign a long-term contract for that same $10 million each year ... MAYBE ... the team MIGHT go for it. (???) (Of course, I say that because I believe a $10 million-per-season salary is W-A-Y more than enough for ANY BODY!)
(Note: Since Longoria was at Hugh Hefner's playboy place on New Year's Eve ... and was looking on as the 86-year-old Hefner "married" his 26-year-old "girlfriend" ... I kinda think Longoria's probably favoring the slightly trashy celebrity and 'California vibe' over the more staid and stay-at-home 'boredom' of the TB area!?!?)