David Price Drama Ends By 4 PM Thursday
Ever since the Rays season came to a depressing end at the hands of the Boston Red Sox last October there has been a constant stream of speculation surrounding the Rays and David Price.
Article after article has been penned on why he should be dealt over the winter, why he should be held on to, who the Rays should acquire, why would “that” team want David Price or pay that much?
When he showed up at Port Charlotte even he seemed surprised that he had not been traded and when pressed about the issue said he’ll feel better when he takes the mound opening day.
Opening day came and went and David Price was still a member of the Rays.
The talk of trading him quieted down for a few brief moments and the focus was on the season and the quest to reach the World Series in 2014.
Bad luck struck the Rays at their core. Already without Jeremy Hellickson who had elbow surgery in the offseason and a drug related suspension to pitcher Alex Colome the Rays lost Alex Cobb to an oblique strain and Matt Moore was diagnosed with the dreaded ulnar collateral ligament tear in his pitching elbow. An injury which required Tommy John surgery and knocked him out for the remainder of the season.
Without the pitching depth the team struggled to win consistently and the “when are the Rays going to move David Price” articles started to surface.
The talk mostly focused on what the Rays as a team would have to do in order to not trade David Price. When the Rays lost 14 out of 15 games to fall to 24-42 on June 10th the trade David Price talks were back in full force and the debate hasn’t stopped since.
The constant barrage of “should he stay or should he go” is entertaining but after the same dialogue was debated so heavily over the winter the hope was, whichever side of the debate that you were on, that the Rays would be focused on a playoff run rather than the worst case scenario which was a mid-season trade of the teams most prolific player in franchise history.
Now we are a mere handful of hours away from having a decision on David Price’s future. With the barrage of Price coverage over the past nine months you almost expect Andrew Friedman to be on an ESPN show with Pete Gray to announce whether Price is staying or going.
If Price stays the focus and pressure of playoff baseball will once again be thrust to the forefront of the medias coverage of the team and if he is traded their will be a feeling of exasperation by much of the fan base who will certainly view the deal as a white flag moment.
One way or another the debate ends at 4PM this afternoon and the David Price trade fatigue can subside until this winter when it will pick up again around the winter meetings.