BOSTON -- David Price had just had his worst game ever in Fenway Park Saturday, and, predictably, he was not in a good mood when he climbed on a pallet outside the visitors clubhouse here to speak to reporters. He mentioned that David Ortiz stood and watched his second home run and Price had some advice for Ortiz -- “Run,” he said -- and he shrugged off the notion that the Tampa Bay Rays, now down two games to zero, are facing some unusual peril. “We’ve been playing Game 7s for the last week,” Price said dismissively.
Then, when Price was asked whether the thought had occurred to him that he may have just pitched his final game for Tampa Bay, he paused and said emphatically -- with a dollop of sarcasm -- “No.”
There are other more pressing matters for Price and the Rays. But the expectation within the industry continues to be that Tampa Bay will at least seriously consider offers for Price this winter and may well move him, and will trade him, at the very latest, by 4 p.m. on July 31, 2014. The management of the Rays since Stuart Sternberg purchased the team has been nothing short of brilliant, with a couple of common threads developed by general manager Andrew Friedman: