Yes, I know the answer to the question in my title is most likely not.
“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 said Wednesday night on a conference call. “You’ve seen it happen a couple of times already,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past.”
The hard-throwing young left-hander could instantly anchor the Mets rotation next year with Harvey out and create a competitive atmosphere in Flushing — provided the Mets acquire some offense to back him up as well. Price finished second in the AL Cy Young voting in 2010 — and won the award in 2012 with a dominant year of pitching. He went 20-6 with a 2.56 ERA in 211.0 innings and he followed that up with a 3.33 ERA in 186.2 innings this year. Price has always had a healthy strikeout rate (8.1 career K/9) and does a decent job of keeping the ball in the park.
Price made $10.1 million this year and is likely set for a raise up to around $13 million for next season. He has no long-term deal in place, so that would likely have to be a condition of the deal — similar to what the Mets did with Santana a couple years ago. Price has also been working on his change-up to complement his fastball/slider combo, which would make his arsenal that much more devastating.
Of course, the Rays are smart, and they can hold out for the best possible package. The Mets do have the depth to go out and get Price — but the conversation certainly would have to start with Noah Syndergaard. If Syndergaard hits on his potential, then he becomes an ace for the future — but Price is already an ace, and a left-handed one at that. Some have even suggested that they’d trade Syndergaard AND Travis d’Arnaud for Price — essentially trading R.A. Dickey for him.
Or am I?