The Rays had a payroll of 63.6 million on Opening Day this year, and it is widely believed that because of this, Price will be made available sometime in the next two years, as the Rays may not be able to afford having one player earn approximately 15-20 million, what would have been about one fourth of their 2012 payroll. If the Rays decide to make Price available in the next couple of years, he would have plenty of suitors, and the Rays would likely receive one of the biggest packages of players in MLB history in return for him. In the recent James Shields deal, they were able to acquire a top 5 prospect, a top 100 prospect, and 2 other prospects with major league potential. Imagine what they could receive for Price, whose ERA was nearly a whole run better than Shields' in 2012 and is almost 4 years younger! The Rays may be able to get Price to sign an extension that would allow them to keep Price at an affordable rate, much as they did with Evan Longoria recently, but at this point, it seems more likely that he is put on the trading block sometime before 2015.