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Report: David Price prefers to be traded to Braves

David Price

The worst kept secret in baseball right now is that the Tampa Bay Rays will likely trade David Price by the July 31 trade deadline. Price did state that he would like to stay with the Rays, but during an interview with Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, he talked about where he would like to get traded to.

“My favorite would be the Nahshville Sounds,” said Price, a Tennessee product with strong roots in the south.

Of course, he was kidding about the minor-league Sounds. But even in jest, there probably is some truth to the southern preference.

Rumor has it that if the Rays were to deal him, he’d most prefer the Atlanta Braves, which is the team closest to Tennessee, and that he’d least prefer teams that are far away. Geography seems to count for Price.

Price’s agent, Bo McKinnis was quoted by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com of saying that Price would not sign an extension if he was traded to a team like the Seattle Mariners, far away from the south part of the country. With a record of 9-7 on the season, 3.23 ERA, and 164 strikeouts on the season, Price is one of the best pitchers in the game right now.

Whether it’s the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, or any other team in the MLB, Price’s mindset is not changing.

“Whether the Rays trade me or not, the mound is still sixty feet, six inches,” Price said. “My job does not change. You’ve got to stay the same person.”

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