David Price: I wouldn't sign with Yankees

February, 21, 2013
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AP Photo/Chris O'MearaDavid Price rocks the beard at the Rays' spring training facility.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, can't become a free agent until after the 2015 season. But he has already declared that he won't sign with the New York Yankees.

Why? Because Price, who has a beard, would have to shave if he were a member of the Yankees.

"I wouldn't stay there very long," he told Fox Sports. "I wouldn't sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that's old-school baseball. I was born in '85. That's not for me. That's not something I want to be a part of."

We'll see. I remember an unshaven player named Johnny Damon, who said he would never sign with the Yankees -- and then he did. Money talks.

There is a pretty good chance the Rays will trade Price before '15 because they aren't going to be able to afford a deal that could approach $200 million. And Price, I have a feeling, might reconsider his stance on the Yankees by 2016, especially with Hal Steinbrenner thinking about opening up the financial spigot again.

QUESTION: Would you change the Yankees' policy on facial hair to accommodate a star like Price?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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