As the Tampa Bay Rays continue to heat up, it seems like talks for their southpaw ace do as well. While we’re still weeks away from the Major League Baseball trade deadline, David Price remains a hot topic to some contenders right now. While Price has said that he will not seek a trade if the Rays were to start contending, they are still double digit games under .500 and that’s not quite contending. However, the AL East still remains very wide open and with the way the Rays have played, they could find themselves hanging around longer than most people expected them to a few weeks ago.
Let’s take a look at some potential trade suitors:
The A’s were very much in contention to get Price. That is until they traded top prospect Addison Russell as well as Billy McKinney and Dan Strailey to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. It would take a long shot for the A’s to land Price now. In fact, one source says that the A’s tried to deal Addison Russell to the Rays for David Price.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Look out for the Dodgers. Not only is this team 15-7 in their past 22 games but they are also a team that could land David Price. One interesting scenario was pointed out by MLB Analyst Ken Rosenthal. There is currently a dispute between Time Warner Cable and Direct TV. However, adding Price to that team along with two of the best pitchers in the game in Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw may solve that dispute and push the Dodgers to favorites to come from the National League and into the fall classic.
New York Yankees:
The Yankees are not being ruled out as a potential landing spot for David Price. The Rays have said that they are not opposed to trading within the division but that means it would probably cost the Bronx Bombers a pretty penny to land Price. On top of that, the Yanks added starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday which lessens their chances to add Price.
If I had to bet on this one, I would say that the Dodgers are going to get David Price. A move like that would give the Dodgers the best pitching staff, 1-4, and probably best staff overall in the entire league. A pitching staff that would be one hell of a mountain to climb come October as well. Price very well may stay in Tampa Bay as well considering that the Rays are just 10 games under right now and have made a surge here before the all-star break.
Other Potential Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, and Miami Marlins.