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I can’t thank (Price) enough for his contributions to the organization these past eight years, and we will clearly miss him. These are difficult decisions we are forced to confront. Our fans have come to understand that just as our organization has learned to operate with the challenges posed by the economic model, and the growing disparity in our sport.”

— Stu Sternberg

Price said he didn’t expect to end up with the Tiigers, but is confident he’ll adjust well. Said of facing the Rays, “That’d be crazy, that’d be cool.” (Price) said he heard of deal first from agent Bo McKinnis, then from Friedman: “I appreciated the call.”

— Marc Topkin

"I wasn’t expecting this to happen. The Number one message needs to be is the fact there will no quitting in the clubhouse. We’re not throwing in the white towel."

— Alex Cobb

Drew Smyly, 25, joins the Rays starting rotation. He owns a 16-12 career record, 3.46 ERA, and a .192 avg. vs. left-handed batters. The newly acquired Nick Franklin has been assigned to Triple-A Durham.

"You will see him technically sound in this inning so as not to smash said crackers."  
- Brian Anderson

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Kevin Kiermaier, 24, signing autographs, Tampa Bay Rays #39.