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Don’t expect the Angels to make a run at David Price

Jul 16, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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If the Rays do decide to trade David Price before the July 31 deadline don’t count on the Angels being his new home, at least according to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes that the Angels “long have known they do not have the elite prospects necessary to acquire Price” and Dipoto says he’s “not looking to move pieces from our major league club.”

Dipoto isn’t hiding the fact that he wants to acquire pitching help–perhaps for the rotation and the bullpen–but it sounds like Price is above his price range.

  1. rawdog2013 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Why would they? That sort of move requires intelligence on their organizations part, which they have none of.

    A’s still win with or without Angels getting Price.

    • baseballisboring - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Yeah, it requires a lot of intelligence to know that David Price would help them.

    • scoochpooch - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Exactly, what’s the point? The A’s will lose in 1st round like they always do.
      Different season, same story.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Amazing how they’ve managed to win four World Series in Oakland when they always lose in the first round.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Also amazing how just one of those was in the post-free agent era, but that one was in the Canseco Milkshake era.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Actually, if the Haloes add just a bit more depth to their pen, they might not be in bad shape. Jason Motte’s been more good than bad since coming back to St. Louis from his TJ. Should the Cards’ chances be fading near July 31, he probably could be a relatively inexpensive add to the Angels, or other teams wanting to upgrade the pen.

  2. bucsmightbegood - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    David Price is going to make some team very happy. The Rays need to trade Price and gain some top prospects.

    Paging: Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Yankees, let the bidding begin!

    • raysfan1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      The Yankees have nothing the Rays want. Plus the Rays are unlikely to want to help make the Yankees or Jays better, seeing as they are division rivals.

    • bestintheworld92 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Giants & Yankees Farm System Stinks They Don’t the Luxury to Trade for Superstar Players!!!

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Rays are asking too much. Andrew Friedman with David Price is the MLB equivalent of Flip Sanders with Kevin Love. He’s going to wind up too greedy and shooting himself in the foot.

      • hittfamily - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        It beats trading him for Joe Kelly, Peter Borjous, and Shelby Miller though.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        It’s not just about the Cards; IMO, he’s setting his price in general. Remember, if Price isn’t moved by July 31, his price drops.

  3. geejon - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Not a lot of teams are willing to give up their top 3 prospects in addition to signing him to a new deal which will approach $30 million per year. T.B. controls him thru next year so it’s not a must he gets dealt in the next 2 weeks. I can easily see nobody biting and T.B. holding onto him for now and hoping things change over the winter and one of those few teams that can afford him getting desperate after not reaching the playoffs or going out early.

    • indaburg - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      I agree, geejon. Unless some team makes the Rays an offer they simply can’t refuse in the next couple of weeks and empties their farm system, my money is on Price staying a Ray until the post-season for the reasons you stated. There is no pressure to trade him right now.

  4. scoochpooch - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I can’t believe how much money Price is going to steal starting next season.
    His 2014 performance reeks of a contract year. Potential suitors, steer clear.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      He’s won a Cy Young before, it’s not like he all of sudden became a great pitcher.

      • hittfamily - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        and it’s not a “contract year”.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        oh yeah, that too! haha… he still has two years left.

  5. yahmule - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Does anybody here speak Italian? What does DiPoto translate to in English? It can’t be anything good.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Di, or De, is Italian for “of,” or “from.” Sometimes it means “about.”

      Poto is the Italian participle for “overpaying.”

      Glad I could help.

  6. losanginsight - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Don’t expect the halos to make the playoffs then.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      yeah they’ve done pretty badly so far without him

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