After a start against his former team that saw him allow five earned runs in six innings pitched, the David Price trade talk is starting to heat up. The Tigers have yet to make a decision on whether or not they will sell, but if they do in fact decide to sell, Price’s market is going to become extremely active.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are “poised to have an all-out bidding war” to acquire Price from the Detroit Tigers.
Even after acquiring Mat Latos (story here), the Dodgers are still in on Price, as expected. There has been a lot of talk about the Dodgers acquiring not one, but two starters. If anything, the Latos trade takes the Dodgers out of the running for a player such as Yovani Gallardo. With the Dodgers strongly pursuing an elite starting pitcher, along with their willingness to add payroll, they are a team to watch closely.
Of the three teams listed, I personally believe the Yankees are the unlikeliest of the bunch to land Price. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees do not want to part with their top prospects, which is something that is mandatory for any Price trade. Maybe they can construct a deal not involving their top prospects that will intrigue the Tigers, but that’s unlikely.
Adding Troy Tulowitzki and David Price in the same week wouldn’t be the worst thing. If the team did in fact acquire Price, it would likely have to part with Daniel Norris and/or Dalton Pompey. Acquiring Price and Tulowitzki would be great for the Blue Jays short-term, but long-term, they would have very few players coming to the big leagues from their minor-league system. Does the reward outweigh the risk? Not sure, but we may found out relatively soon.
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