3. David Price
David Price is without a doubt the best pitcher in Rays’ history. While he doesn’t hold as many all-time Rays pitching records as Shields, he was far more dominant in his time in Tampa. A four-time All-Star, Price was at his best during the 2012 season when he went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA. It was a given that he wound up winning the coveted AL Cy Young Award that year.
During the 2014 season, Price was dealt to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin, and number one prospect at the time Willy Adames. Price would go on to finish the year leading the league in strikeouts while Adames is emerging as a bright spot for the current Rays squad.
Price would go on to be traded in the 2015 season to the Toronto Blue Jays where he wound up finishing the year 2nd in Cy Young voting. After signing a massive 7-year, $217 million contract in the 2016 offseason with the Boston Red Sox, he would go on to win his first World Series championship of his career.
Price became the first Rays’ pitcher to record a 20-win season and set the franchise mark (later broken by Blake Snell, who may well end up overtaking Price someday on this list). Though he might not necessarily be a lock for Cooperstown, Price is undoubtedly one of the best pitchers of his era.
2008-2014, 4 Time All-Star, AL Cy Young 2012, Wins Leader 2012, ERA leader 2012, Strikeout Leader 2014, 82-47 3.18 ERA 1065 SO 1.142 WHIP 21.3 WAR