MLB Trade Rumors: Hot-Stove Report on David Price, Jake Peavy and More

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2013

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 05:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Boston Red Sox during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Just because blockbuster moves like the Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler trade and the Seattle Mariners' signing of Robinson Cano are already behind us, it doesn't mean there aren't some big moves still ahead of us. 

The rumor mill is still cranking out some big names as it churns along in this offseason.

David Price, Jake Peavy and Jimmy Rollins are three who have had their name bantered about in recent days.  

Obviously, to be a part of rumors is no guarantee of future movement, but it certainly raises that possibility. 

Let's look at the situation of all three. 

 

David Price

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 05: David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Boston Red Sox during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest names in hot-stove speculation this offseason has been Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price.

He is the kind of star that the Rays have traded before watching that player walk away in free agency, and he will likely be on the move.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports passed along this: 

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.

Of course, the biggest question is not if Price will be moved, but when. 

If the Rays don't get an offer this offseason that they like, they can hold onto Price all the way up to the trade deadline. As long as Price stays healthy and pitches near the level we've grown accustomed to from the former Cy Young winner, the Rays will get plenty of interest from contending teams looking to add a little pitching. 

One deal that would appear to be enough to get the Rays to part with Price comes from the Seattle Mariners. This brought to us by Passan: "The Seattle Mariners can very easily get this done if they include starter Taijuan Walker, a maneuver sources said they've begun considering internally within the past week."

Pitching prospects don't get much better than Walker. The 21-year-old is rated by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo as the best pitching prospect in baseball. 

 

Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 26:  Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox don't look to be afraid of breaking up the veteran pitching staff that helped them win the World Series last year.

The well-connected Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported as much. Righties Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster were singled out by the veteran reporter:

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.

It remains to be seen how much interest in these two arms the Red Sox will see. Both are under contract for just next season. Peavy is on the books for $14.5 million and Dempster for $13.25 million. 

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23:  Ryan Dempster #46 and David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 in Game One of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jamie Sq
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Peavy is 32 and coming off a 12-5 season where he posted a 4.17 ERA. Dempster is 36 and posted an 8-9 record with a 4.57 ERA. 

Needless to say, I don't think the Mariners will be offering Walker for either.

 

Jimmy Rollins

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies tries to make a play on a ground ball in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park on September 12, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dr
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At 35, Jimmy Rollins is not the player he once was. Despite his age, the former National League MVP remains a good defensive player up the middle. In 160 games, however, he hit just six home runs with a slash line of .252/.318/.348.

It is easy to see why the Phillies might not be overly anxious to pay Rollins $11 million over the next one or two seasons. 

As MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams tells us, Rollins won't have a hard time making his 2015 salary guaranteed: 

Rollins is owed $11MM in 2014—the final guaranteed season of a three-year, $33MM contract. That deal contains an easily attainable vesting option for a fourth year at $11MM, however, which will trigger if Rollins reaches 1100 plate appearances between 2013-14 and is not on the disabled list to close the 2014 season. Rollins tallied 666 PAs in 2013, meaning he will only need 434 trips to the plate in 2014 to secure an $11MM salary in 2015.

Given this, the Phillies aren't going to get much value in return. They could either trade for another bad contract or a middling prospect. 

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, that salary won't even be the most prohibitive part of trading Rollins:  

 

We will see how desperate the Phillies are to trade Rollins by what they accept in return. Then we will see how badly Rollins wants out of Philly.