David Price Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Rays SP
It's not often you see Cy Young winners on the trading block just one year removed from winning the award, but that's exactly the situation the Tampa Bay Rays appear to be in with starting pitcher David Price.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, there's a trend brewing in Tampa Bay when it comes to starting pitching:
Garza after '11, Shields after '12 were dealt 2 yrs from fr agcy, execs in sport expect same now for Price #Rays— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 7, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney has an update from Price:
David Price said he’s preparing himself for the end of this career as a Tampa Bay Ray.
“If you go with what’s been done in the past I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price said Wednesday night on a conference call."
“You’ve seen it happen a couple of times already,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past.”
Price, who posted a 10-8 record and 3.33 ERA this year while battling through injuries to make 27 starts, doesn't have the normal luxury most aces do at this time in their careers.
Since the Rays don't have the financial resources of a big-market team, they are forced to evaluate players before they reach free agency. The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract in January to avoid salary arbitration, but he isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.
Judging by Tampa Bay's previous philosophy with Matt Garza and James Shields, that makes the winter the perfect time to gauge what Price's value truly is. ESPN's Buster Olney is already floating out a team potentially interested in Price that will turn some serious heads:
Most interesting team mentioned by scouts re:winter David Price trade talks: Dodgers. http://t.co/s8yL0FM2CL Imagine: Kershaw/Greinke/Price.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 6, 2013
If Tampa Bay general manager Andrew Friedman is indeed taking phone calls about his lefty ace, expect the phone to be ringing off the hook this offseason. MLB clubs will pay a premium for star pitching, and Price is in his prime.
In Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series on Saturday night, Price yielded seven runs in 7.0 innings of work in a loss to the Boston Red Sox. After the game, he made headlines by calling out two TBS commentators on Twitter, as reported by ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes.
It could go down as his last start—and lasting memory—in a Tampa Bay uniform.
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