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?