The Rays might be able to work out a deal with the Mariners for David Price, but David Price won’t work out a deal with the Mariners.
That is the story from David Price and his people. If Price gets traded to Seattle, he will not consider signing a long-term deal there.
So I guess that puts the kibosh on any chance of David Price getting traded to Seattle. Unless Seattle is willing to have Price for two years and then watch him walk.
Maybe Seattle could bring him in and convince him to stay. Hire somebody to show him around the city. Convince him that Seattle is a nice place to live despite the hippies and rain.
Or maybe it’s not the city at all. Maybe Price has just been reading the reports of how messed up Seattle’s front office is.
Price doesn’t have the same problem with every organization. He says he’ll consider a long-term deal but only with the right team.
This is what players do when they lack an actual no-trade clause. They just make their own no-trade clause by scaring away any team they don’t want trading for them.
The Rays aren’t actively shopping Price anyway, they’re just listening to offers. Everyone this year is just listening to offers. It’s better to do it that way, cause then you don’t tick off players by making it seem you don’t want them.
Unless they’re smart enough to realize you actually are trying to trade them. In which case, they’re going to be ticked at you.