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If David Price wasn't comfortable, why would he sign with Detroit Tigers long term?

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It makes sense, really.

Anyone who has been to the Detroit and Tampa Bay areas would agree. Tampa Bay is an area people from metro Detroit go to vacation. People from Tampa and St. Petersburg don't really do that the other way around.

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Tampa Bay has one of the worst stadiums in baseball, and the fanbase isn't great either.

Detroit, it's got a beautiful stadium and a fanbase that (now that the team's winning) stands behind them.

So, when CBSSports' Jon Heyman wrote this week that David Price had a tough time transitioning from living in sunny Florida to living in the Detroit area, well, that shouldn't be a shocker.

“It was something that I wished had not happened, just being traded in general,” Price was quoted as saying. "The way the front office, (general manager) Dave (Dombrowski) included, all the guys in the clubhouse, all my teammates … they treated me extremely well. That's all I can ask."

What will it mean?

The big question is what kind of impact Price's feelings about the Detroit area will have in the long run. He has one more season under contract and then he can hit the road.

That's why he was traded, because Tampa Bay knew it wouldn't be willing to put up the money to keep him.

He'll be in line for a huge payday and the Tigers are the kind of team that can put up those big bucks.

Price, however, acted like that isn't even a consideration.

“That's the last thing on my mind right now,” he said.

That's, well, not believable. It's only the financial situation for the rest of his life resting on his next contract.

He wasn't familiar

Tampa Bay was pretty much all Price had known. So, leaving that comfort zone couldn't have been easy.

"I spent my entire professional career with one organization and a pretty big group of teammates, and to just move on from there to a new team, city and fan base is tough to do when I put everything I have into my teammates. I felt like I was drafted all over again and was a rookie," Price wrote to CBSSports.com.

One of the oddest revelations in the story was that Price lived a couple miles from Tropicana Field and “rode a motorbike there.”

Why's that weird? Because professional contracts – especially NFL ones – usually have clauses about doing dangerous activities like, well, riding a motorbike.

Hard to believe a guy like Price, with so much money at stake so soon, would be doing that. But, apparently it was.

In Detroit, however, the story didn't indicate he was doing that same. And, besides the off-the-field transitional issues involved with moving to a new city and living out of a hotel, he loved the baseball part.

"I really enjoyed being on the field with all the guys and the staff. It was just all so new to me again and it was just a feeling I hadn't had in five years," Price added.

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