Rays ace LHP David Price said Wednesday night he expects to be traded this off-season.

"If you go with what's been done in the past I guess you're going to have to think you're going to get traded'' Price said. "That's kind of the way it's happened with this organization when pitchers kind of get to this period in their career. We've seen it happen a couple of times already. I don't know what's going to happen but I know what's happened in the past.''

In theory the Rays are positioned to go either way:

Deal Price now while he's two years from free agency and maximize a return that should exceed what they got when similarly trading Matt Garza and James Shields.

Or bring Price back more likely on another one-year arbitration-framed deal figuring on a raise from $10.1125-million to $13-million or so than any kind of longer-term arrangement while preserving the potential if they're not in contention to trade him in July and if they are after next season albeit for a lesser return.