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David Price trade market may heat up soon

Dec 4, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the inside info:

The David Price sweepstakes is expected to heat up later this week, multiple executives with interest in the left-handed ace told Yahoo Sports, as the Tampa Bay Rays begin to survey the market for the former Cy Young winner and consider whether to trade him.

Passan lists the Mariners, Dodgers, Angels, Pirates, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays as teams that would have interest in pulling off a trade — one that would require a return package of multiple top prospects or established major leaguers.

Price, 28, is under contract for the next two seasons. The Rays are shopping him this winter because they can’t afford to sign him to a long-term extension and because he’ll draw a better return now than he will in a year. Price is also getting expensive in arbitration, having earned a $10.1 million salary in 2013.

Price owns a 3.19 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 8.1 K/9 through his first 973 major league innings.

  1. dirtydavid4 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    That’s funny the Pirates are interested in Price he is out of there price range and any Pirate fans who believe they would even try and trade for him has been drinking the kool-aid a little to hard.

    • spudchukar - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Yeah, I didn’t understand their inclusion here either. Even if they found the cash to pay him, they don’t have anyone of equal value available, nor the prospects to interest the Rays.

      • kruegere - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Pirates have the prospects if they want to get Price, but its unlikely they’ll give up the right prospects for the Rays to be interested.

      • paperlions - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Yeah, the Pirates have plenty of prospect ammo if they wanted to blow it on price…it would be a dumb idea, but they could do it if they were so inclined.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      The Pirates sold 200,000 more tickets last year than the year before. Assuming that the average ticket sold, plus the beer and sodas, generated just $50, that’s $10,000,000 right there. And for most teams, attendance lags a year behind performance, so there’s probably another $30 million in revenues — from game attendance alone — coming.

      I’m not claiming any expert knowledge, but it seems clear to me that he’s not out of their price range. Winning changes things.

  2. cackalackyank - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Really have to hand it to the Rays. It must be nice to have a farm that routinely still produces prospects that other teams will give you their top prospects to get so you can restock. Acquire , develop, trade, repeat.

    • kinggw - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Well they sucked for a decade so they had ample time to build it up.

  3. churdus - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Please don’t trade Taijuan.

  4. djp266 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Why did they sign Longoria to a long term contract if they are not going to build around him but trade off all there other good established players? Why not let him go to?

    • buddaley - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      They are continuing to build around Longoria. Since first extending him they have won 90 games in 5 of the 6 years and been to the post-season 4 times. They have also continued to acquire players to fill important roles, even trading for another potential impact player, Myers, whom they control for 6 more years.

      Longoria’s second extension kicks in this year, and it is pretty obvious the Rays are continuing to try to build a team around him that can contend. If they deal Price, it is because the return will keep the team competitive for longer than the two years left of their control over his services.

      Note that the article indicates the Rays will only trade Price for “multiple top prospects or established major leaguers.” In other places there are suggestions that they would seek a major league ready starting pitcher as part of a package. Clearly the point is to acquire the kind of players-and the kind of depth-that would provide a solid contender built around their all-star third baseman.

      • djp266 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Clearly the Rays are looking for a way to avoid paying there ace pitcher what he would make through arbitration and restock with more prospects as they have done often. The money they have made from having successfull seasons by going to the post season over the past few years is not being reinvested into the team and fans deserve to have there ace pitcher they have rooted for to be given the chance to win it all with his team mates he has worked so hard with, like longoria.

    • raysfan1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Longo signed a long term at far below market rate. If Price were willing to give the same kind of discount to the Rays, they’d sign him in a heart beat.

      I’m still not convinced they will trade him this winter unless the value in return enhances their ability to win immediately. He will cost more than Shields did last year.

      • spudchukar - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        I agree. The Rays aren’t in a rebuilding mode. It may be true Price will be less valuable in a year, but not that much, and unless someone (likely the Dodgers) make an offer that at least makes the Rays as good in 2014, they can wait until such an offer occurs.

    • peter1820 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      because they have prospects like alex cobb and a stud like matt moore. the rays made the playoffs with a team that couldn’t really hit. myers helps but they need better balance. they have enough pitching

  5. hojo20 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Sucks that TB can’t afford to keep Price.

  6. hittfamily - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    David Price at 13 mil is too expensive, but Dejesus and Heath Bell at a combined 11 mil isn’t? There are only 3 sure things in life: death, taxes, and making Rays fans cringe in the offseason. It always seems to work out though.

    I don’t like this offseason at all though. Garza netted a top 50 prospect for the Cubs with 3 months remaining, so Price would have plenty of value at next year’s deadline. Let Joyce play left. A pen headlined by McGee, Peralta, Torres is strong enough. At best, our new 5 mil reliever is 4th best. So don’t re-sign Dejesus or trade for Bell, and you don’t have to trade Price. Brandon Guyer, Sean Rod, and a cheap left handed stick could platoon with Joyce in left and a DH.

    Unfortunately, he has shown his hand before he needed to. The owner says in August that 2014’s budget will be less than this year’s. Then Friedman adds 16 mil to next year’s budget within the first month of free agency with the signings of Dejesus and Molina, the acquisition of Bell, and the extension of Hannigan. David now has to be traded, and team’s know this. There is no threat of him coming back if the prospects offered aren’t good enough. So start the bidding, because this has turned into a fire sale. Get out the inflatable roadside dancing men and make a few infomercials with a guy screaming “LIQUIDATION!!! IT ALL MUST GO THIS WEEKEND, WE WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD”, because that is sure what it looks like.

    A rotation of Price, Cobb, Moore, Archer, Hellickson is a good/great one. Remove Price and insert Odorizzi, and I’m not certain it is a top 10 in the AL. It didn’t have to be this way though.

  7. riverace19 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Hard to believe he’s 28 already… Still lots of bullets left in that arm

  8. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Scratch the Blue Jays off the list. They may be interested, but Tampa Bay does not trade within the Division. AA was asked about Price this week and replied that under MLB rules he could not talk about specific players on other teams. He then answered the question by saying that certain teams prefer to trade players to teams outside their division and if possible outside their league. In his own oblique way, he was telling the interviewer that there was no way that Price would be traded to Toronto.

    • hittfamily - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Agree. I don’t think the Jays have the prospects to get him either. They maybe interested, but the days of Happ, Gose, and Drabek being highly touted prospects are long gone.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        Sanchez was the best pitcher in the Arizona Fall League and Stroman wasn’t far behind. Stroman should be MLB ready later this year. Sanchez is close to being untouchable.

  9. pappageorgio - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I think the team that signs him is going to want to go long term and while price can’t block anything, if he has no wish to talk deal with the team attepting to trade for him it’s going to be an issue.

    I said a couple of months ago that I like the Diamondbacks in this one and things haven’t changed. They have enough in the farm system to get it done and they need to do something to stay relevant in that division. A few years back the DBack went out and signed a lefty front line starter and it worked out well for them…..the guy was OK I guess.

    Towers needs to get out of his own way and just get this one done.

  10. DonKellyBaby - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    My dark horse team in the David Price trade race: Kansas City Royals

    I live in Michigan and love my Tigers, but I think the moves the Tigers have made this offseason have actually hurt their chances to win the division this upcoming season. If I were KC, I’d make a trade for Price and go after the AL Central Crown.

  11. kingkershaw - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Doubt the dodgers would trade any of their studs to land him, pirates can’t afford to give him cash, if the angels could scrape up enough talent to trade for him they would be to horrified of the luxury tax to pay him and he would walk in a couple of years like all angels trade products do, for some reason I just can’t see him being traded to Arizona, but Texas, Seattle, and Toronto are all possibilities.

  12. byesac - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Dodgers should’ve just ponied up the cash to sign him out of high school.

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