Price: Nothing new on contract talks, but no deadline
Much like every other time we’ve asked, there’s nothing new on David Price and his contract status after he made his final start of the spring Tuesday. That’s good and bad news from the Tigers’ standpoint. The latter is obvious, that he remains on track for free agency at season’s end. The flip side, for what it’s worth, is that the window isn’t closing for talks. Price said Tuesday he remains open to talks during the season.
He hasn’t let it become a distraction for him this spring, he said, and he doesn’t expect it to be a distraction once the season starts.
“I left it open to talks throughout the year,” he said. “There’s no rush for them.”
Part of the reason for that seems to be the relative simplicity. The way Price described it when asked if talks could linger sounds very much like there’s a certain point in mind.
“It wouldn’t be something that would linger on,” Price said. “These guys, they know what they want to do, and so do I. So if we get to that point, then I think once it gets going, it would go quickly. If it doesn’t happen, then it just wouldn’t happen. It’s not something that we’d revisit every two weeks. I’m sure the Tigers would rather it be either we can get it done or we can’t and leave it alone. We’ll see how everything starts shaking out.”
Asked if recent contracts have set a range for him, he said, “I guess you could say that, but that’s not my thought behind it.”