The possibility of the Seattle Mariners acquiring former Cy Young winner David Price from Tampa Bay in a deal involving top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker took an interesting spin Wednesday morning at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Price’s agent, Bo McKinnis, told FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Price wouldn’t be willing, at this point, to sign a contract extension if traded to the Mariners…but might be willing to do so with other clubs.
One hurdle in the trade is the Mariners would only control Price for two years before he gains eligibility for free agency. An extension, of course, would ease those concerns.
Price’s reluctance to sign an extension wouldn’t necessarily prevent a trade, nor would it rule out his willingness to discuss such an extension in the future.
But it’s certain to make it harder for the Mariners to swallow the idea of surrendering Walker’s six controllable years.
The Dodgers, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Angels and Blue Jays have also shown interest in acquiring Price, who is eligible for arbitration after making $10.1125 million in 2013. Industry projections peg his 2014 salary at $13.1 million.