Extra Money/Less or Lower Prospects for Price?
Stark reports an unknown wrinkle in the David Price trade saga. Price signed a one-year, $10.1125MM contract to avoid arbitration last January, but $5MM of that sum comes in the form of a signing bonus that is deferred to next year. While it was presented as a tax-related issue at the time, Stark notes that the Rays can use it as leverage in a trade, agreeing to take a slightly lesser package if the acquiring team pays that additional $5MM.
Not saying we'll even explore Price, but could 5 million possibly mean we can offer up a package with nobody named Buxton, Sano, or Meyer in it and still have it considered if we pay the extra money (and we have extra money)?