The Price is Not Right

Mar 26, 2009

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He was good enough to lean on in the ALCS, but Tampa Bay decided that David Price should start the season in Triple-A.

He had a 1.93 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, and .176 BAA in five regular season appearances and a 1.59 ERA in five postseason appearances.  The Rays claim they want to send him down to the Minors so the can monitor the number of Innings he pitches.  Last time I checked, the Rays had that same ability on their Big League ballclub.  Price allowed one run in 8-1/3 Innings this Spring, so the move wasn’t so he could work on his mechanics. 

It appears that economics are playing a bigger part in the decision than anything.  Francisco Liriano made a similar claim last year about the Twins.  Price didn’t express his displeasure, but he didn’t have to.  He was pleased with his changeup and was ready to live up to his #1 pick.

Time will tell how long they’ll keep Price down, but if Jason Hammel and/or Jeff Niemann struggle, Price could get an early call-up.  Alternatively, if Scott Kazmir or one of the other starters suffer and injury, Price could get the nod. 

So what to do with Price?  You still have to draft him and you still have to hang on to him.  He’s got far to0 much talent to leave hanging around the waiver wire.  You just have to lower your expectations a little.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry
    March 26th, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    According to the Washington Posts Baseball Insider Price Has not good command of his Change Up and his slider. There is also some question on his attitude of being sent down, This is what he said about Competing for a job.

    “It’s not very fun if I’m not here competing for a job,” Price said. “That’s what I came here for, to compete for that fifth spot, and that’s what I want to do.”

  2. LestersLegends
    March 26th, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Maybe he needs to be knocked down a peg, but when you’re competing with the Yanks, who brought in some real talent this offseason, and the Sox, who have a healthy Beckett, Papi, and Lowell, you need the best players you have.

  3. mark
    April 14th, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Very interesting site, Hope it will always be alive!

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