Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price is a beast on the mound. The reigning AL Cy Young winner plays in one of the smaller MLB markets but his big pay day may be just around the corner. Price signed a one year deal to stay in Tampa for the 2013 season back in January, but it seems like only a matter of time before he bolts out of the Sunshine State and inks a long term deal with a team that's willing to pay him big bucks.
According to a FOX Sports report on Feb. 20, Price knows his days in Tampa may be numbered. He also knows he may be traded in mid-season due to the fact the Tampa origination knows odds are he will seek a long term contract that the Rays simply cannot afford.
However there is one team Price doesn't want to go to no matter how big the contract - the New York Yankees.
“If I ever did hit that free-agent market, there would be teams I wouldn’t sign with simply because of the stuff that I’ve heard – every rule they have. Being here since 2007, being treated like a grownup, given that respect and freedom and space – it grows on you.”
Taking note of his beard, I told Price he’d have to shave if the Yankees traded for him.
“I wouldn’t stay there very long then,” he responded. “I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ’85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.”
Price is one of the best in the game and probably could fetch $100 million dollar deal or more over the next five seasons, but it seems like keeping a clean shaven face isn't part of a deal Price is interested in.
Hey who could blame him, after all there are 29 other teams, including the Rays that would love to have David Price on team next spring.