Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he won't sign an extension with the Mariners if he's traded to Seattle, according to tweets Wednesday from Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal, citing information directly from Price's agent, Bo McKinnis.
McKinnis went on to say that his client would sign an extension with some teams -- he declined to say which ones -- but that Seattle is one place Price is not willing to sign an extension. The comments of course do not meant the former AL Cy Young Award winner would not go to Seattle; the 28-year-old Price is under club control with the Rays for two more years and the Mariners could keep him for that time before he becomes a free agent in 2015.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted earlier this week that the Rays would want the Mariners' top pitching prospect, 21-year-old Taijuan Walker, in what would possibly be part of a deal to send Price to Seattle.
The Mariners, fresh off a $240 million, 10-year megadeal for New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano earlier in December, are also reportedly interested in Rays closer Fernando Rodney, who recorded the lowest single-season ERA ever for a relief pitcher last season, finishing the year with a 0.60 ERA.
Price, who made $10.1 million last season in his second season of salary arbitration eligibility, finished the year with a 3.33 ERA and an AL-leading 5.56 K/BB ratio. In three of his last four years, the three-time All-Star has pitched at least 208 2/3 innings.
In October, Price said he is preparing to get traded during the offseason but would prefer to remain with the Rays.