Rays Notes: Talking About the Future – Evan Longoria’s Baby, Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects, David Price

By Robbie Knopf

Evan Longoria is going to miss the Rays’ workouts at their spring home in Port Charlotte over the next few days as he heads to the hospital. Thankfully, the reason isn’t injury. As initially reported by Bill Chastain, Longoria has left the Rays’ camp to join his girlfriend Jaime Edmondson in advance of their daughter being born later today. Major congratulations are in order for Longoria and Edmondson, and it will be fun to see the new father back in Rays camp over the next few days.

From the future of the Longoria-Edmondson family to the future of the Rays, Baseball America named their top 100 prospects, and Rays prospects figured quite prominently. With 4th-ranked Wil Myers at the forefront, the Rays’ featured 5 prospects in the top 100, tied for 4th-most in all of baseball. The other Rays ranked were Chris Archer (36), Taylor Guerrieri (62), Hak-Ju Lee (90), and Jake Odorizzi (92). The craziest to notice about that list, though, is that just one prospect on the entire top 100, Guerrieri, began his professional career in the Rays organization, tied for just 27th in baseball. The other side of the coin, though, is that the Rays’ four top 100 prospect that didn’t begin in their organization, is the most of any team, a product of the Rays’ amazing ability to get topflight talent back in trades, which is especially impressive because the Rays continue to contend without those players. Looking at Baseball America’s Top 100 rankings confirms what we already know: the Rays have a great minor league system and this team isn’t fading away any time soon.

Unfortunately, the next big-name Rays player to be traded could be David Price, who talked to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports about his future in Tampa Bay.

"“I don’t play this game for the money, but I don’t want to be underappreciated,” Price said. “What I’ve done for this organization so far, I feel like I’ve helped this organization a great deal. So if they want to show me some appreciation, then fine.“They know I would love to be here. They know that. Everybody here knows that. If we can make that happen then we will. If not, then I’ll do it the other way."

Unless the Rays have a drastic change in time policy or a major revenue stream comes in, the end of David Price’s time in a Rays uniform is only a matter of time. The Rays would love to keep Price and he wants nothing more than to stay, but with Price having the opportunity for one of the biggest contracts in major league history and the Rays unable to offer him anything even close to that ballpark, it just gets ridiculous up to a certain point and Rays fans have to accept that. When thing that we do know is that the Rays are never going to force themselves into a situation why they have to trade Price and if they do have to trade him, it will only be for a substantial return that help the Rays find a way to continue their incredible success since 2008 even as the pitcher they’ve ever seen leaves town.