FILE - This Sept. 14, 2012 file photo shows Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price throwing against the New York Yankees in the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Price and 2011 winner Justin Verlander are among the finalists for this year's AL Cy Young Award, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)
David Price is young, throws left-handed, throws hard and is one of the top young pitchers in baseball.
So it seems he'd be a guy a team would want to lock up for a very long time, right?
Not with the Tampa Bay Rays, a team known for flipping their best players for young prospects, and then doing the same to those prospects a few years down the road.
Price was one of the hottest names on the trade market both back in July and then this winter, and Rays GM Andrew Friedman "did his due diligence" according to ESPN/Sirius XM's Jim Bowden in trying to move Price, but never got a deal he felt was worthy of his stud pitcher.
You'd have to think the Rangers were one of those teams, although you'd have to think the Rays would've asked for Jurickson Profar to lead a prospect package, and nothing less, and the Rangers weren't going to do that.
Bowden said he expects the Rays to move Price next winter, one year before he hits free agency, with several interested suitors including the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Braves, Nationals and, of course, the pitching-rich Los Angeles Dodgers.