MLB notebook: Price expects to be traded

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price pitches during the first inning in Game 2 of the...

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price pitches during the first inning in Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

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David Price expects to be dealt by the frugal Tampa Bay Rays.

“If you go with what’s been done in the past, I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price told the Tampa Bay Times. “That’s kind of the way it’s happened with this organization when pitchers kind of get to this period in their career. We’ve seen it happen a couple of times already. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past.”

The Rays’ $58 million payroll was the third-lowest in Major League Baseball this season. The team has a history of trading away star players for young assets once their asking price exceeds the budget.

Price, the club’s undisputed ace who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012, signed a one-year, $10 million arbitration deal to play with the team in 2013. He’s two years away from free agency.

SCHERZER MAY GO

Another pitcher that could be on the trade market this off-season is Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer.

Scherzer is one year away from free agency and the Tigers believe he may wait to test the market, according to CBS Sports.

Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in the regular season and is a favourite to win the American League Cy Young Award. He’s making $3.75 million this season and is due for a big raise.

Detroit has the fifth-highest payroll for 2013 at $148 million and boasts three players – Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander – who make over $20 million per year and three others – Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and Anibal Sanchez – who will make between $12 million and $16 million next season.

O’NEILL IN CINCY?

Depending on who you believe, the Cincinnati Reds may or may not have interest in former major-league outfielder Paul O’Neill for their managerial vacancy.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds reached out to O’Neill about the position. ESPN reported that O’Neill spoke directly with Reds owner Bob Castellini.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the New York Daily News through a club spokesman, however, that “We have not reached out to Paul regarding our managerial vacancy.”

O’Neill played 16 years in the majors for the Reds and New York Yankees, retiring in 2001. He now works as a Yankees analyst for the YES Network.

The Reds fired manager Dusty Baker last week after the team lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild card game.

BRIEFLY

The Colorado Rockies expect to sign manager Walt Weiss to a multi-year contract extension this week, according to the Denver Post.


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