Future is uncertain for Cy Young winner
ST. PETERSBURG — Rays left-hander David Price posted on his Twitter account that was he "happy" to see teammate Evan Longoria "get paid" after the announcement of his new deal.
Then he added, "I'm sure it feels great!!!"
That was with three exclamation points.
While Longoria is now signed through 2022 (with a 2023 option), Price, who won the Cy Young Award as the American League's best pitcher, has a much less certain future with the Rays.
He is headed toward arbitration for the second of four eligible years, and a likely salary of close to $10 million, with the increasing possibility that he will become too expensive to sign long-term and will end up being traded before he hits free agency after the 2015 season.
Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said the Rays in theory could afford to also sign Price, 27, but eventually will have to make choices to ensure they can put enough talent around their stars.
"At some point, it stops," he said. "You've got to make a decision. We're going to eat steak, and we're going to eat lobster, and we're going to order some wine, but we're not going to be able to turn the heat on, and the house isn't going to get painted."
Longoria said part of the reason he took the deal was in hoping the Rays can keep the clubhouse stocked.
"I told them from the beginning, I didn't want to be the one sucking up all the payroll so that we can't afford anybody else, because it's not giving ourselves the best chance to win," he said.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer