By Eric Schmidt

Tampa Bay Rays P David Price made some news on Wednesday by stating that he didn’t think he could ever be a member of the New York Yankees because of their rules, especially the one regarding facial hair. Interviewed by John Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Price expressed his dislike over the team rule which forbids facial hair.

“Joe wants us to be comfortable in our own skin. He doesn’t care what we do in the locker room. He doesn’t care what type of music we play, how loud we play it. He doesn’t care what we wear to the field, because that’s not going to help us be better baseball players. That (would give) us more reasons to mess up, more reasons to get a fine, more reasons to be mad about coming to the ballpark because you have to wear slacks and a collared shirt in 100-degree weather.

“It’s a joke to me, that I had less rules in college than I would on some major league teams. That’s not my style, man. I couldn’t do it on some of these teams I hear about. I couldn’t do it. I’m a grown man,” said Price.

Well, it’s highly unlikely that Price will be a member of the New York Yankees anytime soon anyway. Price acknowledged that 2013 could be his last season with the Tampa Bay Rays and he is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season but is arbitration eligible in the next two years, a fact that will likely make Price cost prohibitive in coming years.

Price will not hit the market as a free agent. He will be moved before that ever happens. It’s possible that the Rays might retain him for the 2014 season, but if he starts the 2015 season on the roster, there is no way he finishes the season without being traded, regardless of the team’s standings during the year. Tampa will move Price and get something in return for him.

A trade to the New York Yankees, within the AL East, is simply not going to happen. Rays fans should enjoy watching Price pitch this year, because there is a very real possibility that it will be his last in Tampa. His trade will be a megadeal and land the Rays a treasure trove of future players, especially if he posts another 20 win season in 2013.

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