Nevertheless, the owner said it’s not totally out of the question that the Rays could find a way to sign Price, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, to a long-term contract.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman previously “said, and correctly, there’s no question we could handle a contract like David’s. But what are you going to be able to put around him?” Sternberg said, declining to speculate on what the team eventually will do with Price, who’s set to earn $10.125 million this season.
“Right now, and correctly, David is focused on this season. We’re focused on this season, and I think speculatively it really is way too early for people to be focused on what’s three or four years from now,” Sternberg said. “But obviously David is an enormous part of this organization, and has been so throughout all the success.”