Price looks headed out of Tampa Bay

Price looks headed out of Tampa Bay
October 15, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price talks to a teammate in the seventh inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League division series against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

On the conventional wisdom watch, signs are pointing to the Orioles not having to face David Price in the American League East next season. Or at least not having to face him as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 2012 Cy Young Award winner has two more years before he becomes a free agent, but the thinking is that just with arbitration awards, he’s becoming way too expensive for Tampa Bay. Price is a tremendous pitching talent, but he made $10.1 million this year.

“The Rays' model for success requires hard-hearted, calculated decision-making, and that's what will put Price on a plane to another city,” ESPN.com writes.

And Price clearly understands how the game is played in St. Petersburg.

"If you go with what's been done in the past, I guess you're going to have to think you're going to get traded," Price recently told reporters. “… It's part of baseball, and it's something I've seen go on, it's kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for."

So who wants Price? Who doesn’t? It’s a matter of which team can come up with the best deal to entice the Rays. Who knows, that team could be in the AL East. The Rays are bound to ask for a lot, especially with a wide-open field for his services. Hard to figure any way the Orioles are in on this contest.