(AUDIO) Joe Maddon Says Trading Players Like David Price is How the Rays Have to Operate
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Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon joined Booger McFarland and Steve White to talk about the possible trade of David Price and his upcoming Thanksmas charity event.
Maddon said he’s heard the talk of Price being traded while at the Winter Meetings in Orlando and said not having Price next season is a bad thought, but it’s how the Rays have to operate. He said it has been tough over the years losing guys like James Shields and BJ Upton, but he doesn’t dwell on it and appreciates how the organization is able to turnover talent.
With the acquisition of closer Heath Bell, Maddon said he would not committ to him as the every day closer. Maddon noted that the team did the same thing when they acquired Kyle Farnsworth and Fernando Rodney and he wants to keep his options over. However, Maddon did say that Bell could grow into that role.
The Rays also traded for catcher Ryan Hannigan and resigned catcher Jose Molina. With Jose Lobaton on the roster, that leaves the Rays with 3 catchers. Maddon said it would be tough to carry all 3 through the season but they will evaluate them and do what’s best for the Rays. Maddon said all 3 guys bring something to the team.
Maddon also talked about his annual Thanksmas event that benefits the homeless in the Tampa Bay area. For more information please visit their website.