LOS ANGELES – The question put to David Price was about where it all leads, which was somewhat unfair, because he couldn't possibly know.
He is 27, has an American League Cy Young Award coming to him this weekend in New York City, is 61-31 over the past four seasons and just agreed to a salary of $10.1 million, the most his organization has paid a player for a single season.
While that tells the pleasant story of a young man who, like the team he plays for, became a small-market winner in a large-market world, he perhaps has initiated the unavoidable and unpleasant process of un-becoming a Tampa Bay Ray, simply by being among the best at what he does.
The Rays near a season in which one-quarter of their payroll will go to Price and third baseman Evan Longoria, and nearly one-third to Price, Longoria and shortstop Ben Zobrist. Under that burden, over time, an otherwise working business model begins to rattle.
This is not simply a Rays problem, of course. Plenty of teams inRead More »from Can Rays afford to keep ace David Price in Tampa? 'I don't want to sell myself short'