According to tweets Wednesday from FOX Sports baseball writer Ken Rosenthal, citing information from Tampa Bay pitcher David Price’s agent, Bo McKinnis, Price will not sign a contract extension with the Seattle Mariners should they acquire him in a trade. The Mariners have been linked to Price, the 28-year-old former Cy Young winner, in swap talks for weeks.
Via McKinnis, Price would be willing to sign an extension with some clubs, but Seattle isn’t one of them. Price is under Tampa Bay’s control for two more years before he becomes a free agent. If he is traded to Seattle, the Mariners would have him through 2015.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted Monday that Tampa Bay would want Seattle prospect Tijuan Walker as part of a trade for Price. But Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik stated this week that Walker would not be made available.
Price made $10.1 million last season. According to reports, the Mariners are also interested in Rays closer Fernando Rodney.