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Given the way the Tampa Bay Rays operate, everyone on the 25-man roster would seem to be available for the right package.
The biggest name on everyone's radar is 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price.
Price's scenario is eerily similar to what the Rays had last year with James Shields when he was flipped to Kansas City for a package of players that included Wil Myers. Price has two years of arbitration left before hitting free agency; Shields had one guaranteed year left on his contract and an option for 2014 that the Royals recently picked up.
The main difference between the two is Price is one of the five best starters in the AL, while Shields was/is a really good starting pitcher.
While the Rays aren't publicly saying what they will do with Price this offseason, the left-hander told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times in October that history suggests he will be in a different uniform next year.
But which team has enough in its farm system to land Price, and would it be willing to part with that package?
According to Peter Gammons, who spoke with several general managers, it could be a team that has the best pitcher in baseball, via Gammons Daily:
But, suggests several general managers, the Dodgers can avoid the loss of their number one pick and the slot money if they trade for David Price and get Masahiro Tanaka from Japan. “They have the minor league talent to get Price,” says one GM. “If they would trade Corey Seager and Julio Urias (the 17-year old lefthanded pitcher) and a couple out of Zach Lee, Joc Pederson or Chris Withrow, it would get it done.
My first thought upon seeing the Dodgers was "no way," because I didn't think their system was deep enough. Then you see names like Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Joc Pederson, and that's a really strong group.
Seager has All-Star potential as a third baseman. Urias is a 17-year-old left-hander who shocked the world by having tremendous success in the Midwest League, with 67 strikeouts and 16 walks in 54.1 innings. Pederson keeps getting better the higher up the minor-league ladder he moves, hitting 22 home runs with 31 stolen bases and an .878 OPS in Double-A this year.
One issue the Rays could have with that kind of package is that Urias has not played above Low-A and Seager has just 27 games of experience at High-A, so the difference between where they are developmentally and what they could become is the size of an ocean.
Price will be costly the next two years, either through arbitration or a contract extension, no matter where he pitches. The Dodgers have added more than $100 million to their payroll from 2012 to 2013 and still have to re-sign Clayton Kershaw.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports speculates that the St. Louis Cardinals, Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs also have talent in the system to make a deal with the Rays.
Everyone will want a pitcher like Price, but finding a team capable of getting the Rays to listen to a package and that team being able to pull the trigger on a deal is problematic.