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Rays' Price expects to be dealt

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 14 2014 09:15:52 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2014 09:15:47 AM CDT
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays, 2012

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David Price would prefer to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The All-Star left-hander knows that is unlikely to occur.

With the Rays tied for last place at the All-Star break, the team's most marketable player said Monday in Minneapolis that expects to be wearing a new uniform at some point in the near future.

"Coming up in our organization, I've seen it happen before with guys like (James) Shields and (Matt) Garza and Delmon (Young) and (Jason) Bartlett," Price said. "We've had quite a few guys at this point in the season go through the trade rumors.

"Since 2012, (the organization and I) both understood that for Tampa to continue the kind of success we've had over the past five or six years, this is the way they operate."

Price was the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, and he is set to make his fourth All-Star appearance Tuesday at Target Field. This year, he is 9-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 20 starts. Price won the 2012 American League Cy Young Award when he finished 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA.

The 28-year-old Vanderbilt product is under team control through the 2015 season before he would be eligible for free agency for the first time. He avoided arbitration this year by agreeing to a one-year, $14 million deal.

"I'd love to stay (with Tampa Bay) and continue to be competitive, but I don't know if that's even a possibility," he said. "They signed (third baseman Evan) Longoria, so it's not unheard of, but I don't know if they can do two people that way."

Looking ahead to potential destinations, Price said, "I could be anywhere, actually. The Rays said they don't have a problem trading me in the division. That opens the doors for a couple of other teams. I don't think I'd have a problem fitting in anywhere. I know a lot of guys in the big leagues now. I at least know somebody from every team. That always helps.

"The Rays have traded quite a few guys away or let a few guys go who are in the big leagues now. I guess I'd just have to learn how to handle everything."