I really hope we can! He's getting better each year, and really hasn't even hit his prime. While I think he would consider giving us somewhat of a "home team" discount, it's still going to be a HUGE contract. Which honestly, with him locked up on the pitching front, and Longoria on the fielding and hitting, which other two guys would you rather build around?
However, if he were traded, imagine the haul! Honestly, I don't think it would be anything less than ANY teams top 5 prospects. I'm not saying I'm for this. Like I said in the beginning, I want us to lock him up.
One thing that worries me is a D. Price's arm movement. Knock on wood, light up the candles, sacrifice a dove, pray it never happens.
On a fastball, his mechanics are proper. He goes from 11:00 to 5:00 with his arm. All fine and nice. But then he finishes by snapping back his arm in a sort of whiplash motion and finishes up at around 9:00-9:30. That move puts an undesired strain on his elbow. He's not noticing now, he's not feeling it, he's done it probably since childhood. But at some point, that elbow will "break".
When it happens, then it's all chance. As in bonne chance.
Here's a problem. He's probably doing it unconsciously by now. It's ingrained. In his muscle memory. And if you try to change something like that now, it will mess up his delivery. Catch-22.
I agree that the long-term contracts for outrageous sums of money are bad news ... and the Alex Rodriguez, Pujols ... and even the Crawford ... contracts seem to prove the point. Even Rafael Soriano: he opted out of his three or four year contract with the Yankees ... expecting to get more money and a longer term from somebody else ... and ... he's now withering on the free agent vine ... and will almost undoubtedly end-up with a contract for less money than the Yanks were supposed to pay him in 2013.
Personally, I think this will be Price's last full season with the Rays ... UNLESS ... which I once thought Crawford and upton might do ... he's happy with $10 million per season ... and agrees to stay around for future seasons for that same amount. (???)
(I mean, really, how much money does the average working guy eally need to make over a six-month period playing a kids' game each year to be ecstatically happy ... at least financially ???)
No there aren't but Price could be one of them....He tyakes very good care of that arm has never suffered any kind of serious problem withy it and wqas stated it is ingrained into the muscle memory because he has been it all his life.....So as the old saying goes "don;try to fix what ain't broke."
As for David's future as a Ray, I do know that he just closed on a 6 acre tract of land out in the Keystone area of Pinellas County to have a home built there....Talks are also ongoing regarding a long term deal of 5-6 years in the neighborhood of $100-115 million, so it very well copuld be a done deal ewither before ST or shortly after if all sides come together....Looks like David, just like Evan, would love to make his home and career here......Let's hope so!
Well, hopefully, his arms holds out for him and he decides to stay with the Rays as long as he wants because he understands making even $10 million per season over several years is well more than enough $$$ for what he does. And, of course, job stability and other unquantifiable perks and benefits available used to be part of a lot of employees' value proposition ... and often made up for an acceptable, but somewhat lower or static income. It would be nice to see one of these young guys today really evidencing some of those old-time perspectives and values.
As I said earlier, I thought Crawford and Upton might go that "stay at home" route ... but I was obviously very wrong.