Where David Price is right

A look at which contenders need the lefty, and which don't

Updated: October 15, 2013, 3:40 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider

David PriceAP Photo/Chris O'MearaIt's quite possible that Price has thrown his last pitch in a Tampa Bay uniform.

One of the least-guarded secrets in professional sports is that the Tampa Bay Rays' ace, David Price, is very likely to start the 2014 season wearing a different uniform than the one he wore this season.

Price isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, but he made $10.1 million in 2013 and he's in line to get big raises via arbitration in each of the next two seasons. While he's expensive, those two years of team control make him a valuable trade target for a team in win-now mode. Though the Rays haven't soured on him, they are a team with obvious revenue problems, despite putting a competitive team on the field every season. The Rays' model for success requires hard-hearted, calculated decision-making, and that's what will put Price on a plane to another city.

But which one? Here's a look at the contenders that could use Price the most, as well as a look at some teams where he isn't a fit.


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