4 MLB Teams That Would Sell the Farm for David Price at the Trading Deadline
Back in September, Buster Olney of ESPN wrote how Price could be a trading chip this offseason. While it doesn't appear as though the team will shop him this winter, they could change their tune at the deadline.
Jason A. Churchill of ESPN's Rumor Central referenced back to the Olney piece following Price signing his one-year deal, and writes that it's not too early to think this could be his final season in Tampa Bay.
Will the Rays Trade David Price at the Deadline?
Even though they traded James Shields this offseason, the team still has an abundance of starting pitching with Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Alex Colome all in the running to fill his fifth rotation spot alongside Price, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson and Jeff Niemann in the team's rotation this season.
The team got Wil Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Patrick Leonard for Shields and Wade Davis, so they could potentially get a similarly impressive package of prospects if not a better one should they decide to move Price.
Here is a look at the teams that would be willing and able to put together a package of players capable of landing them Price if he were in fact made available at the July trade deadline:
The Twins' starting rotation was among the worst in the league last season, and while they have added the likes of Kevin Correia, Vance Worley and Mike Pelfrey to shore up their rotation, none of them profile as being a staff ace.
Any trade package would have to be build around Miguel Sano, who is one the league's top offensive prospects and hit .258 BA with 28 HR, 100 RBI and an .893 OPS as a 19-year-old at Single-A last season.
It's a long shot, but the Twins have a clear need and could add the likes of Eddie Rosario, Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks to sweeten the deal.
San Diego Padres
The Padres have assembled perhaps the deepest farm system in all of baseball, and while payroll constrictions could factor into things, adding Price could be enough to push them into legitimate contention in the NL West.
Quick moving outfielder Rymer Liriano, who reached Double-A at the age of 21 last season, could be a good starting point, and infielders Jedd Gyorko or Cory Spangenberg could also help Tampa immediately.
Beyond those three, the team has a dozen or so pitching prospects who have big league potential and could be included to complete a deal.
The Rangers missed out on landing a potential staff ace when Zack Greinke signed with the Dodgers, and then missed out again when James Shields was traded to the Royals.
They have a number of solid arms, led by Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison, but no one stands out as a true staff ace and Price would give them that dominant arm to front their staff for the next several years.
The Rays would likely command either Jurickson Profar or Elvis Andrus in the deal to fill their void at shortstop. If the Rangers do in fact change their tune and decide to move one of those guys, it may not take more than a couple mid-level prospects along with one of them for the Rays to pull the trigger on a move.
It may seem as though it goes against the rebuilding mentality that has taken hold in Chicago, but the Cubs continue to lack in pitching from the ground up and an ace of Price's caliber doesn't become available every day.
Shortstop prospect Javier Baez would be a reasonable starting point, but the Cubs could also build a package around current shortstop Starlin Castro if they feel Baez will be capable of filling the void down the road.
If they were willing to offer up Castro, it would put them in a similar position as the Rangers, as it likely wouldn't take more than few more second-tier prospects to entice the Rays into making a deal.
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