The Hot Stove is quickly cooling down to room temperature, but that doesn't mean teams are anywhere near done wheeling and dealing.
While the number of major moves has nearly come to a standstill and Winter Meetings are finished, rumblings throughout the league continue to happen. That is especially true when it comes to free agents and certain Rakuten Golden Eagles, but it's also accurate in terms of the trade market.
Let's focus on the latter portion of that statement and take a gander at some of the most recent trade gossip.
Teams Still Interested in David Price?
David Price was one of the most intriguing names on the trade market entering the Winter Meetings last week, but talk surrounding him has certainly slowed down.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, though, the market "remains active":
Despite the silence, sources said the trade market remains active, with a number of teams having approached Tampa Bay with pitches for Price at the winter meetings but none having found the proper assortment of talent to pry away the former Cy Young winner.
The Seattle Mariners, of course, have that piece with stud starting pitcher Taijuan Walker. Last year's No. 4 prospect, per MLB.com, compiled a 2.93 ERA, 1.196 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 141.1 innings across Double-A and Triple-A and then made three starts in the majors, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Judging by pretty much anyone and everyone's opinion, the 21-year-old is a not-too-distant-in-the-future ace, and it wasn't surprising when the M's made it clear he wasn't for sale—even if he would almost assuredly net them Price.
According to Passan, however, moving Walker is "a maneuver sources said they've begun considering internally within the past week."
Still, before Mariners fans start hyperventilating, general manager Jack Zduriencik hinted that the team may be done making major moves, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:
We're at a point where I think we are trying to do a few more things. I'm not sure that anything is going to be a huge splash. We have some options out there that we can either make a trade or could add another piece to it. I think that if we go for another large deal, that obviously is going to have to go above my head. And at this moment we are where we are, and we're trying to make things work with what we have.
Rosenthal also says that the Texas Rangers "do not appear seriously involved in trade discussions" for Price, while Peter Gammons notes the Los Angeles Dodgers will have to give up the farm (almost literally—"Corey Seager and Julio Urias [...] and a couple out of Zach Lee, Joc Pederson or Chris Withrow") to acquire the former Cy Young winner.
Couple the hefty price tag along with there being no pressure on the Rays to make a deal, and you shouldn't expect Price to be leaving Tampa Bay anytime soon.
Teams Going After Mariners' Nick Franklin?
When the Mariners signed Robinson Cano, many wondered what that meant for the future of 22-year-old Nick Franklin, who spent the majority of his time at second base last season.
As Rosenthal reveals, several teams around the league are wondering the same thing:
The Great Gazoo had an up-and-down rookie campaign in 2013, finishing with a .225/.303/.382 line to go with 12 homers, 45 RBI and 38 runs scored in 102 games.
Despite the underwhelming numbers, he was at times the Mariners' best hitter—before he tailed off at the end of the season, likely an indication of his youth—and showed some impressive pop. As Mariners MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns pointed out following the campaign, Franklin is a key to Seattle's future:
Circumstances have obviously changed with the addition of Cano, but Franklin, who was drafted as a shortstop, is talented, and the Mariners shouldn't rush to ship him off just because his position is undetermined at this point.
Red Sox Shopping Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster?
After being acquired midseason of last year, Jake Peavy helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series. Now, he's reportedly right back on the trade block.
Rosenthal once again has the news:
A trade remains possible—the Red Sox are checking in with teams that need starters, sources say. Righties Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster appear the most expendable, but the Sox could get a bigger return if they moved righty John Lackey or lefty Felix Doubront.
With Boston and the Chicago White Sox last season, Peavy tossed 144.2 innings, finishing with a 4.17 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Dempster, meanwhile, struggled with inconsistency on his way to a 4.57 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.
The Sox have a deep rotation with Peavy, Dempster, Felix Doubront, Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz, and shipping one for the right price would certainly make sense.
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