David Price doesn’t expect Tigers to wait to discuss extension

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Tigers starter David Price can become a free agent after the season, but has said multiple times already that he’d be interested in signing a contract extension and that he would be willing to discuss it during the season. The Tigers have yet to approach him, MLive.com’s James Schmehl writes, but Price expects the club to come to him sooner rather than later as his free agency approaches.

“I doubt it’ll be that long,” Price said.

Price is earning $19.75 million in his final year before free agency. Max Scherzer’s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals will certainly serve as a measuring stick for Price’s eventual contract. He is expected to at least come close to the total if not exceed it.

Price, taken first overall by the Rays in the 2007 draft, has a career 3.21 ERA with 1,147 strikeouts and 324 walks in 1,221 1/3 innings.