The New York Yankees are currently budgeting their spending in order to lower the team's payroll under the $189 million luxury tax threshold for the 2014 season, setting up a potential spending spree for the organization once that goal is reached. However, if the Yankees had their eyes set on Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, the team will have to look at other options.
Price, who is set to hit free agency in 2015, doesn't intend to sign with an organization that burdens its players with rules, even if the Yankees traded for him before he hit the open market.
Price was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 2012 with the Rays, but will not take a discount to stay in Tampa and understands the team could move him before he hits free agency to acquire something in return, as the Rays generally limit their spending on high-priced players.
"I don't play this game for the money, but I don't want to be under appreciated," said Price. "What I've done for this organization so far, I feel like I've helped this organization a great deal. So if they want to show me some appreciation, then fine."
Price will earn $10.1125 million in 2013, and will go through the arbitration process two more times before becoming a free agent. If the Rays don't feel they can work out an extension and the team isn't built to contend for a World Series, Price could be shipped off at the trade deadline during one of these next couple of seasons in exchange for younger talent.
However, a trade to the division rival Yankees seems unlikely, as the Rays would have plenty of teams interested and would like to keep him out of the American League East.
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