Some possible trade partners for the Tampa Bay Rays say they would require a contract extension to be worked out with starting pitcher David Price if they were to acquire the ace, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.
Extension contingencies on trades are not particularly common in the MLB. A similar deal did occur last year when the Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey from the Mets. Toronto then signed him to a two-year deal with an option for a third season.
Price is likely to be the most desirable trade candidate on the market this offseason. The 2012 Cy Young winner still has two years remaining of team control regardless of whether an extension is signed. If a new deal is worked out, Price figures to potentially become one of the highest paid pitchers in all of baseball.
In addition to his 2012 Cy Young, he finished second in voting in 2010. Price struggled in the first month and a half of 2013 but after spending six weeks on the disabled list he posted a 2.53 ERA and held opponents to a .591 OPS in 18 starts.