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David Price was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League start on Thursday due to rainy conditions.

Price will throw an indoor simulated game instead to stay on track with his normal spring routine. The 28-year-old left-hander posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.098 WHIP, and 151 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings last season for Tampa Bay and will be aiming for another big year in 2014 as he moves one step closer to free agency. Price is arbitration-eligible for the fourth and final time in 2015.

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David Price said there's no cause for concern after he chose to skip a bullpen session Wednesday.

"Just took a day off," Price said. "I didn't see the need to throw three bullpen sessions in the first five days of camp. I thought some other guys would take a day off, too." The decision raised some eyebrows, but it appears there's no reason to think anything is wrong with the left-hander. Rays manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey confirmed there's nothing to worry about with the 28-year-old. Nothing to see here.

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Rays and LHP David Price avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $14 million contract.

It's a nice bump from the $10.113 million salary that Price earned in 2013 while posting a 3.33 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and 151/27 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings. He'll be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time in 2015 before hitting the free agent market the winter before the 2016 season. Price could become trade bait at some point this summer if the Rays aren't as competitive as they hope to be.

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Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times suggests Rays general manager Andrew Friedman's desire to "keep the band together" could mean they'll keep David Price through the offseason.

Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said it would be surprising if Price wasn't with the team on Opening Day. "I wouldn't drop over dead if he ended up traded, but I'd be surprised," Hickey said. "We're going to have a damn good team, and he's a leader of the pitching staff. Even if you can cash that in for a couple of prospects, I would be a little bit surprised." There have been very few rumblings about Price's future in recent weeks as the market waits for the Masahiro Tanaka decision to play out, but it's possible the Rays are also coming around on the idea of keeping Price and fielding another contender in 2014. There's still plenty of time for a deal to come together, but each day that passes is one day closer to the start of the season with Price in a Rays uniform.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times believes the Rays are in no hurry to make a decision about David Price's future with the club.

There were reports, per Topkin, that the team hoped to deal Price before December 31 as to avoid having to pay him $4 million in deferred money, but the payment is actually due next October and the money is owed to Price by the Rays regardless of when he's dealt. The pitching market is at a complete standstill as teams and players await a decision on Masahiro Tanaka, but things will likely start moving once a decision one way or another is made. That includes Price's market, which could heat up considerably if Tanaka stays in Japan. And if a team fails to blow the Rays away with an offer before the season starts, they'll likely hold onto their ace. The Rays still have two years of control over the 28-year-old, after all.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was told that the report stating that the Rays have asked the Indians for Carlos Santana, Danny Salazar and more in trade talks for David Price is "completely off base."

Cleveland Plain-Dealer columnist Terry Pluto reported earlier Tuesday that the Rays asked for Santana, Salazar and possibly even Francisco Lindor for Price, but the report never passed the smell test. The Indians are one of surely many teams that have checked in on the asking price for Price, but the Rays don't appear close to a deal with anyone.

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Cleveland Plain-Dealer columnist Terry Pluto reports that the Rays asked for Carlos Santana, Danny Salazar and Francisco Lindor when the Indians called to ask about David Price.

Santana and Salazar "were starting points," according to Pluto, "and the Rays also wanted some top minor league prospects. I heard Francisco Lindor's name also was mentioned." In essence, that request stopped negotiations. Price, 28, owns a spectacular 3.19 career ERA, 1.16 career WHIP and 8.1 career K/9. The southpaw is under contract through the 2015 season.

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Giants "have checked in on" the David Price sweepstakes.

But the Giants would likely have to gut their farm system to pull off a deal and the two sides haven't even begun exchanging ideas. Price is drawing serious trade interest from several major league teams, but he's not a free agent until after the 2015 season so the Rays can be as patient as they want to be. Price, 28, owns a spectacular 3.19 career ERA, 1.16 career WHIP and 8.1 career K/9.

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The agent for David Price told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that his client would not agree to a long-term extension with the Mariners in the event of a trade.

Which likely throws a wrench in Seattle's pursuit of the Rays left-hander. The agent, Bo McKinnis, said Price would be open to discussing a long-term deal with other teams -- just not the M's. The Dodgers, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Angels and Blue Jays are some of the clubs that have been tied to a potential Price trade this winter. He is under contractual control through the 2015 season.

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers and Rangers general managers "suggest" a deal for David Price is unlikely.

Heyman adds that the Mariners "have a real opportunity" to land the left-hander. He reported Monday night that the M's believe Price "would be theirs" if they agree to include Taijuan Walker in a trade, but to this point they're squeamish to do so. They're also hesitant to include James Paxton in a deal, preferring to build a package around position players. However, the Rays really have no reason to budge unless Seattle agrees to give up Walker.