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Seattle Mariners Get: SP David Price
Tampa Bay Rays Get: 3B J.D. Peterson, RHP Edwin Diaz and a player to be named later
Each week it seems like another member of the media comes out in favor of the Tampa Bay Rays trading left-hander David Price.
This time, MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince made a case around the premise that the Rays should unload the former Cy Young Award winner now—as in, there isn’t a moment to waste:
But out of the overwhelming obviousness of the Rays' fate is born an opportunity to restock a system in need of assistance. With the First-Year Player Draft in the rearview mirror and the club's status in the standings as clear as can be, now is the time for Tampa Bay to look into selling, because the trade market, at present, is loaded with buyers looking to break away from the .500 traffic jam.
Naturally, then, this leads to a discussion of David Price.
Make no mistake, the argument Castrovince presents makes sense. There are so many buyers at the moment that general manager Andrew Friedman has more options now than he will once the standings become less muddled.
Enter the Seattle Mariners, who were recently linked to Price by ESPN.com’s David Schoenfield.
To be clear, the Mariners starting rotation is top-notch, boasting a staff 3.69 ERA and a .242 batting average against entering play on Monday, per splits taken from ESPN.com. That said, Price could be enough to make up for any offensive deficiencies as the M’s make a run at a wild-card spot.
Now, the Mariners don’t have a lot of talent at Double-A or Triple-A they are willing to part with, but the lower levels are rife with prospects. If general manager Jack Zduriencik put together a package that include D.J. Peterson and Edwin Diaz as centerpieces, Friedman could be swayed to make a deal.
Peterson is going to be sensational once he develops. Currently slashing out at .315/.366/.575 for High-A High Dessert, the third baseman has already slugged 15 home runs and has 64 RBI. He could end up being Evan Longoria’s replacement in the coming seasons.
Regarding Diaz, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo thinks that “with his stuff and willingness to be a student of the game,” he “might have as much upside as anyone in the system.” Strong words considering Taijuan Walker and James Paxton are included in that group.
It would be a bold move for the Mariners. After all, the biggest holes on their roster are on offense, but there is no question that with Felix Hernandez and Price at the top of the rotation, their chances of making it to the postseason improve greatly.
The Rays, on the other hand, would receive a needed infusion of talent into their farm system. This deal makes sense from both sides.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference and are accurate as of game time on Monday, June 16. Transaction, injury, scouting reports, prospect rankings and game information are courtesy of MLB.com. Contract information was pulled from Cot’s Contracts.