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Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Braves, and Marlins among teams watching Rays ace David Price

Jun 22, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times had this to say in a column posted late Saturday night about the budding David Price trade market: “It has become increasingly obvious that the Rays likely — if not absolutely, positively — are going to trade Price over the next 5 1/2 weeks until the July 31 deadline.”

And then Topkin gets to the potential landing spots:

The Cardinals have been watching the Rays closely recently, the Giants and Dodgers (whom many around baseball consider the favorites for Price) at times. The Braves, especially after Gavin Floyd‘s injury, seem like a possibility, and maybe there’s a surprise candidate, such as the Marlins, who also were scouting Price on Friday. Among other AL teams, the Angels, A’s and Indians seem likely candidates.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden has also mentioned the Blue Jays, White Sox, and Yankees as possible suitors.

Price owns a 3.81 ERA, 1.115 WHIP, and 133/13 K/BB ratio in 115 2/3 innings this season for Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old lefty is making $14 million this season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2015.

  1. kingscourt25 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Kershaw, Greinke, Price, Ryu, Beckett

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Hey, if the Dodgers can just strengthen their starting pitching, who knows, maybe they could even get a no-hitter. Yeah, crazy talk.

    • tuberippin - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:28 AM

      Could work. Then again, a lot of people thought Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Oswalt-Blanton would work too.

      • bubbalynch - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Oswalt and Blanton? Compared to Ryu and Beckett? I’ll take the latter

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      What do the Dodgers have in the way of prospects? Or, how much salary are they prepared to eat on one or more of their OFs?

      • artm01 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        They got Corey seager joc pederson Julio urias Zach Lee Chris Reed but I doubt they will trade any of the top 3

  2. clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Marlins and royals probably have the best prospects to give. I don’t see the Giants or Angels having the chits. The Blue jays are intra division, so that seems weird

    I don’t know about the yankees (also intradivision), braves and white sox.

    The dodgers seem most willing to give up the farm (see Santana, Carlos). But is pitching a pressing need?

    The A’s might have a package, and a definite need, but I don’t see them giving up the package for top line talent. They seem more like getting the 1-10 McCarthey (his xFIP is still decent and he doesn’t walk people).

    • paperlions - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      The Marlins? Who, exactly, do they have in the organization that is not needed at the MLB level?

      Their organization is really thin after all the call ups.

      • clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        they aren’t that great, correct, but they have an A prospect and a few Bs.

        I doubt they mortgage the future.

      • tuberippin - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:33 AM

        They have a quality young outfield (Ozuna-Yelich-Stanton), and they also have a top OF prospect or two on the farm (Jake Marisnick, Jesus Soloranzo) that they could flip. Tampa could use another outfielder.

        The thing that doesn’t fit, to me, is that the Marlins would essentially be replacing Jose Fernandez’s production in the rotation with David Price’s production. They added Andrew Heaney to the mix recently, yes, but they were likely to do that at some point this season regardless. On top of that, they get very little control, and it would be uncharacteristic of the Marlins to sign Price to a large deal afterwards.

        I don’t think it would make the Marlins a deep enough team to make a World Series run, but we’ve been wrong before…

    • jrbdmb - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Marlins sell players approaching free agency. (Excluding that strange behavior at the start of the 2012 season.)

  3. twinfan24 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I wouldn’t have thought the Cardinals were really looking for a starter, but Price would likely help any team.

    Interesting to note that while his walks are down, and strikeouts are up, he is also allowing the most hits and HR per 9 innings that he has ever allowed. Wonder why that is, and if he is approaching his game plan differently this season.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      The Cards would be an interesting landing spot for Price, with the news of both Wacha and Garcia being DL’d from Mo just minutes ago ups the ante big time.

      • indaburg - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        This definitely does thicken the plot. The Cards have the org depth and need.

        In no dimension do the Marlins make sense.

    • indaburg - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      The theory around these parts, twinfan, is that he is throwing too many strikes. Guys know he is going yo throw something over the plate. It’s an interesting case. He has a career high 10.35 K/9 and a career best 10.23 K/BB (by a lot, 2nd best year is 5.59). He is also the unfortunate recipient of a career high .341 BABIP. His career BABIP is .293. His high BABIP is partially due to the Rays’ poorer defense this year, but it’s hard to defend against a ball hit 400 feet. His 2014 FIP is 3.14, better than his career avg. In a cavernous pitcher friendly park with good defense, he’ll be just fine. Fortunately, since he’s been walking so few–his WHIP is a respectable 1.12–his HR tend not to do too much damage.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        If I’m going to go to FIP, I’m going all the way to xFIP, which is a much better 2.58. I’m looking at a .322 BABIP which isn’t too crazy. His HR/FB is up around 13.2%. His career high is 11.1%. That should even up.

        You can probably guess what I think about the Tampa “throws too many strikes” theory. There’s no such thing as too many strikes. What can happen is that his strikes are too hittable. He also simply may not have enough faith in his catcher to bounce a 2-strike slider or change up or two.

        I really don’t think he needs a cavernous park or a better defense to be effective, just a little better luck and maybe a change of scenery. The gloom and negativity from the tumulus are casting large, luck-killing shadows at the moment.

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        For some reason, Rotowire lists his BABIP at .341. I see Fangraphs has it at .322. While that isn’t astronomically high, Fangraphs has his career BABIP at .284. Nearly 40 point difference is significant. Nevertheless, the underlying numbers under his control are healthy. He’ll be sound for any team invested in making the post-season this year.

        I think the implication is that too many of his strikes are hittable.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Thbphfft – who needs Rotowire?

        Matthew is celebrating his fifteenth anniversary of a much better roto site.

        I know that trading Price inside the AL East would be unpalatable, but no team has more to offer in terms of minor league talent right now. And Jake Peavy has to go to the bullpen already.

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Matthew didn’t offer me a free year membership.

        I said any team invested in making the post-season. That rules out the Sox. You can sign him when he’s a free agent.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Realistic or not, I guarantee the Sawks are invested in making the post-season. Also, Price isn’t a short-term rental. He’s a guy who can help next year as well.

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Why sell off your future for 1.5 years when you can keep your future and have him, for a high price the Sox can afford, in a little over a year? You just won the World Series and have won 3 in a decade. There’s nothing wrong with making this one a rebuilding year. Unless not making the WS is a failure now.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Why not? There’s more future back on the farm. There’s an infinite supply of future. We want cake, and we want it now. Waaahhhh

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        You sound like the Yankees.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Thank you. :-)

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Not a compliment. But you’re welcome.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        I feel like you steered me into a Borg cul-de-sac but it dawned on me that the Sawks have replaced them as the best franchise in baseball. So thank you.

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        I never thought they were the best franchise in baseball. They have the most championships, true. And they still do by far so if that’s the yardstick, you still measure small.

        The Sox have matched them only in having a sense of entitlement. Congrats.

        The original argument is pointless. Price will only be a Red Sox through free agency. The cost in talent through trade for the Sox would be ridiculously, stupidly high. Cherington isn’t stupid.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Here’s what I read
        “The Sox have matched them”
        “Price will only be a Red Sox”
        and
        “Cherington’s not stupid”

        Thank you.

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Failed Basic Reading 101. Poor thing.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Yeah but me talk pretty

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        B-Ref says different yet. It has his FIP this year at 3.03 and 3.35 on career.

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Weird. It’s closer to Fangraph’s numbers, but odd they don’t agree.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Even with Wacha on the shelf, depending on what pitchers Tampa wants back, they’ve got stuff to deal. (And Price’s HR/9 has steadied down recently.) http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2014/06/cardinals-suitor-for-david-price-lets.html

  4. zdravit - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    The Dodgers love misleading people. No room. No chance.

  5. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Only a pipe dream, but it would be something if the Pirates could swing something for this guy, him and Cole, would be a nice one two punch for the foreseeable future, but ain’t happening

  6. jkaflagg - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Can’t see either of the SoCal teams; Angels have absolutely nothing in the way of blue chip prospects, and the Dodgers have so much money already tied in in starting pitchers I think they’ll continue to fill out the bottom of the rotation with rentals like Haren and Beckett or hope that Lee is ready to make the jump soon. Dodgers still have a rep as wild spenders after the Boston trade, but if you look closely they usually have a plan in place; and unless they have a ton of injuries they really want to hang on to their prospects and gradually weed out some of the bad contracts.

    • tuberippin - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:36 AM

      “Dodgers still have a rep as wild spenders after the Boston trade”

      They have a rep as wild spenders because after the Boston trade they went out and signed Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and then gave Clayton Kershaw the largest-ever contract for a pitcher. All in about a calendar year.

  7. mikhelb - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    I think it might be the Marlins. It would fit with their strategy of trading players and be in a constant “rebuilding proccess”.

    If they trade their best prospects that will set them back one or two seasons more, then trade Stanton this season for bluechips set to get to the majors in 2 seasons, in 2015 field a no hitting team full mostly of pitching, then trade Price to increase the amount of prospects to debut in 2016-2018 and later trade, while “rebuilding” constantly from 2014 to 2018, ensuring themselves of finishin among the bottom dwellers, and receiving one of the top 10 draft picks AND more revenue money towards Loria’s pockets.

  8. byesac - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    It does not make any sense that the Dodgers would be the frontrunners for Price. I doubt they would even consider trading for him this year. I seriously wonder if this fact in the story was just made up.

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