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Price not interested in extension with Mariners

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Dec. 11, 2013 at 8:52 am with 4 Comments »
December 11, 2013 8:52 am

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.

 

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  1. edstang45 says:

    Screw price. ..Walker is my choice anyways. ..but JZ had better bring in Nelson Cruz ( a equal type bat) or the 240 for Cano will be a albatross for years to come

  2. Palerydr says:

    Whatever Price, I go after the kid from Japan Tanaka who is 24 forget trading Walker he’s your current best developed prospect on your roster. Trading Walker before finding out if he’s the real deal which gives you club control for the next 5 years is just plain ignorant.

    The rotation then looks something like this next year
    1) Hernandez
    2) Iwakuma
    3,4) Walker/Tanaka
    5) Ramirez/Paxton

    The loser of the Ramirez/Paxton 5th spot competition becoming your long reliever. Our BP is less than stellar so here’s how I would fix it:

    Sign Joaquin Benoit/Grant Balfour or both to get an experienced closer.
    Stephan Pryor
    Sign Eric O’Flaherty/JP Howell to fill the lefty situational spot
    Carter Capps
    Danny Farquar

    I also like Chad Gaudin as a solid reliable guy who has playoff experience.

    Sign Corey Hart and Nelson Cruz to 2 year deals to give us the RH power element to the lineup we need as well as fill 1B/RF either as platoon(most likely) or full time players. Both are short term solutions but looking over available FA they are the best left IMO. Cuz there just aren’t any OF prospects in our farm system ready to get it done yet IMO.

  3. Honestly, can you blame Price? Cano didn’t sign for anything other than the money (and he has his ring). This team is a dumpster fire with a future that’s bleak at best even with Robby churning out .285 20 85 seasons. Until a single owner buys this team and Chuckstrong, Lincoln, and Jack Z are sent packing, is there any reason to expect anything more than the same old stop-gap signings and 90 loss seasons? Any reason at all?

    Crickets.

  4. Meklok, I dislike the job the front office here as much as anybody, but you sound like you are forgetting who the owners and President/CEO were for the playoff years.

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