Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that several teams felt that they had a chance to land Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers—I discussed their chances yesterday.
It's unlikely that the Rays will settle for anything less than a team's top prospect, or at least the second best if that player is also an elite prospect, as the centerpiece of any deal. It might even take a team's top two prospects.
For two years of a 28-year-old No. 1 starter, who is 61-32 with a 3.02 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.3 K/9 over the past four seasons, it's a reasonable starting point for a deal. They acquired Wil Myers, the Royals' top prospect and one of the top prospects in the game, last offseason for two years of James Shields.
They also received Jake Odorizzi, who has a mid-rotation profile, and two other prospects who are long shots to become big league regulars at this point. The Rays will want a much better overall package for Price.