The most popular question, at least among those unimpressed by the return the Rays got for ace David Price on Thursday in the three-way deal that sent him to Detroit, was why they didn't wait until the offseason.

The simple answer is because the Rays were convinced they would have gotten less then.

"Somewhere," executive VP Andrew Friedman said, "between a good bit less to dramatically less."

In reality, they were pleased to get as much as they did:

• LHP Drew Smyly, a 25-year-old No. 3 starter type with nearly three full seasons in the majors.

• INF Nick Franklin, a 23-year-old switch-hitter who had some big-league success in 2013 but not much this year and is at Triple A.

• SS prospect Willy Adames, an 18-year-old with a high upside playing in his first full minor-league season in the Class A Midwest League.

So why couldn't they have gotten more