Though encouraged that fans he ran into this weekend seemed to understand the reasoning, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Saturday his processing of the decision to trade ace David Price is “still a work in progress.”
“He’d been such a huge part of our success here, and I think a lot of the things that David had done here will stay with us for a long time,” Sternberg said before Saturday’s 4-0 win against the Cubs. “But it was (only) David (traded), and it wasn’t three, four, five, eight guys, and I think people got that and understood we were still in it to win it. It really was the classic one-eye-on-the-present/one-eye-on-the-future kind of deal. It doesn’t make things easier today, but it’s never easy for us.”
As difficult as trading a Cy Young Award winner is, Sternberg said it is simply a product of the way — “the only way” — the Rays have to operate under the game’s economic structure.
And he said he has no regrets.
“I can think of really one regret as an owner, that really fell on us that would have been meaningful and made a difference,” Sternberg said. “That was back when we lost that (2010 playoff) series to the Rangers and it was clear we had a use for a bat at that point. And that will stick with me for as long as I have the team because it also helps guide what we’re going to try to do going forward.”
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