David Price has been signed! Per Marc Lancaster:
"The Devil Rays have signed left-hander David Price, the top overall pick in this year's draft, to a six-year major-league contract, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The value of the deal is reportedly $8.25 million but that could increase depending on how much time Price spends in the majors over the course of the deal. "
A tidbit from the Fox Sports report says the deal can reach 11.25 if he remains in the majors through the entire length of the deal, which of course raises a few questions:
1. Who the hell gets body bagged from the 40? (Corky? Brian Stokes?)
2. Does that mean Price is coming up next month?
3. Does that mean next year?
Per Jim Callis of BA:
Price’s bonus is the second-largest in draft history, behind only the $6.1 million Justin Upton got from the Diamondbacks as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft. The guaranteed value of Price’s contract is the third-highest in draft annals, trailing only Mark Prior ($10.5 million, Cubs) and Mark Teixeira ($9.5 million, Rangers) from the 2001 draft.
Between Stokes and Camp I'd imagine one of those two are about to be removed from the 40 man.
In case you wanted to know more about David, here's Jake's great interview with him; everything from invisible pitches to pressure is perceived, really good stuff.
It appears Price won't be making his big league debut this season, and Shawn Riggans has been moved to the 60 day DL to make room for Price on the 40 man.