The Oakland Athletics have recently acquired Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs while the Los Angeles Angels have acquired Joe Thatcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks—is it now the Seattle Mariners turn to make a bold move?
The Mariners sit at 48-40, seven games behind first place, and hold a two game lead in the wild card race. The Mariners have several top prospects they could deal to trade for David Price, but are they willing to sell of some of their future for a shot at the World Series?
Price has thrown 131 innings this year amassing 153 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.50. These numbers are very strong, so if the Mariners were able to trade for David Price they would have a very good chance of making the play-offs and wining a world series. The Mariners signaled this off-season that they were going to spend money and bring players in to try to win a World Series–which began with Robinson Cano‘s mega-deal. The Mariners have only slightly been linked to the former AL CY young winner; however, it is safe to assume they could be a dark horse to acquire his services.
The Mariners have many prospects they could trade for David Price. Heading the list is Taijuan Walker, a first round pick in 2010, he has the size, and stuff, to be a future ace. He features a fastball in the mid 90’s, a devastating curve ball, and an above average change-up. He does lack in one portion of his game–his command–which will ultimately define his career. Other names that could possibly interest the Rays are: D.J. Peterson, James Paxton, Edwin Diaz, Victor Sanchez and Chris Taylor.
The Rays are probably looking to make a deal close to what the Chicago Cubs would’ve gotten for Samardzija (alone). If that is true, look for one of Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson (Seattle’s consensus number 1 and 2 prospects) to be in the deal for Price, if not both. Price is viewed as a better pitcher than Samardzija–and has playoff experience under his belt–driving the price up some.
It is no sure bet that the Mariners acquire David Price, but they definitely have the prospects to do it. If the Mariners were to acquire Price they would have one of the best rotations in baseball as they already have Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, along with the resurgent Chris Young and the kids (Paxton/Walker). Stay tuned here at On Base Talk for further rumors.