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Price, Tigers have 'preliminary' contract talks

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
David Price

Lakeland, Fla. – The process has begun.

The agent for Tigers left-hander David Price, Bo McKinnis, is in Lakeland. Price said they have met with president and general manager Dave Dombrowski and had "preliminary" talks on a possible contract extension.

"I mean, they talked but nothing was discussed about monetary value or nothing like that," Price said. "Just kind of feeling each other out, or however you want to say it."

It was right about this time last year the Tigers made a $144 million offer to pitcher Max Scherzer, who, like Price is now, was entering his free agent season. Scherzer ultimately declined the Tigers offer and signed a $210 million deal with the Nationals.

Dombrowski, as a matter of policy, does not discuss on-going negotiations.

Price, who will make $19.75 million this season, was asked if the process was starting to weigh on him.

"No," he said. "I don't really think about it. After all the things that I have been through, this is easy."

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