David Price Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Rays Star

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, July 31

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports David Price has been traded to the Detroit Tigers:

SportsCenter provides terms of the deal:

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times previously reported Price may be moved in a three-team trade:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported earlier Thursday that Price would indeed be traded:

Prior to the Tigers late push, Rosenthal indicated some other teams that showed interest in the Rays' ace:

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM shed some light on when the talks with Detroit started:

Earlier Thursday, the Boston Red Sox dealt Jon Lester, which Jon Morosi of Fox Sports noted might have increased the likelihood of Price being traded by the Rays:

Updates from Wednesday, July 30

The St. Louis Cardinals, a potential suitor for David Price, made a move for a different pitcher, landing Justin Masterson from Cleveland, according to Peter Gammons:

Gammons reports the Dodgers are no longer in the running for Price:

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports David Price is pitching for the Rays:

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN provides an update on the likelihood of the Rays completing a trade:

Buster Olney of ESPN also reported on negotiations with the Rays over Price:

Updates from Tuesday, July 29

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports two statements from two sources discussing the Rays' stance on trading David Price:

The red-hot Rays certainly don't have the look or feel of a seller. And most think now they will stay in it to try to win it, despite any original inclinations.

'I believe so,' one person familiar with their thinking said when asked whether they'd likely hold onto their stars. 'Simply put, it will take more than it would have a few weeks back'

Most folks believe the price will be too high for a trade now. They've come from 18 games below .500 to two below, at 52-54, following their 10th win in 11 games. They are only four games out of a wild-card position.

'Guessing Price is sold at 200 percent markup or not moved,' one rival GM said.

Updates from Monday, July 28

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on the chances of David Price being traded:

Earlier, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reported on Milwaukee's interest in Price:

The Brewers, by defeating the Rays the next three days, could improve their chances in two different races.

Their realistic bid for the NL Central title.

And their unlikely bid to land Rays left-hander David Price.

The Brewers are among the teams to express interest in Price, according to major league sources. Their inquiry was akin to putting their "foot in the water," one source said.

Updates from Sunday, July 20

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports one of the Rays' division rivals are interested in David Price:

Word is the Blue Jays are in on everyone, from David Price to Hamels to Ben Zobrist and Chase Utley. 'They’ve got their scouts looking at everyone, and [GM Alex] Anthopoulos is very active himself scouting,' said one AL special adviser.

Cafardo continued with additional insight surrounding other teams' interest in Price:

Would Price ever sign with the Mariners long term? The Mariners don’t view it as an issue because they would have Price for the remainder of this year and next. The Cardinals have shown interest but would want a financial commitment, according to a major league source. Don’t rule out the Giants, who also have had interest in Ben Zobrist to solve their second base situation. The Rays, however, know they need top value in return, just as the Phillies would need for Hamels.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman previously reported the Rays have discussed one specific prospect in negotiations surrounding a potential trade involving Price:

The Rays are said to have talked to the Mariners about pitching prospect Taijuan Walkerplus two or three other top young players in talks involving pitcher David Price, league sources said.

Talks are ongoing and fluid, and deals being discussed could include just Price from Tampa Bay, Price plus Ben Zobrist or Zobrist alone.

Updates from Thursday, July 17

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported on another team interested in David Price:

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has more details on the trade scenario:

According to Jon Morosi of FOXsports.com, Seattle also has talked about the Rays' superstar pitcher David Price as well as Zobrist, and such a combo certainly would transform the Mariners. However, to this point, Zobrist has been the main focus of the talks, with those discussions going on for weeks, league sources say.

Younger utilityman Nick Franklin is someone who's come up in talks with the Rays, and he'd fit Tampa as someone who might be able to do some of the things Zobrist does. He is from Orlando, and wouldn't mind such a move home.


Price's agent Bo McKinnis told Ken Rosenthal at the winter meetings that Price wouldn't sign an extension in Seattle, and while Price said at the All-Star gathering Monday he'd leave those comments to his agent he suggested he loves the south or somewhere near his Tennessee home when he kiddingly named the Nashville Sounds as his favorite team in answer to a question about his preferred locale.

Updates from Tuesday, July 15

David Price addressed swirling trade rumors ahead of Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game, per ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick:

Coming up in our organization, I've seen it happen before with guys like (James) Shields and (Matt) Garza and Delmon (Young) and (Jason) Bartlett. We've had quite a few guys at this point in the season go through the trade rumors.

Since 2012, (the Rays and I) both understood that for Tampa to continue the kind of success we've had over the past five or six years, this is the way they operate. I would love to stay there and for us to continue to be successful. But I don't know if that's a possibility.

Updates from Saturday, July 5

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that prior to trading for Jeff Samardzija, the Oakland Athletics were interested in David Price:

They considered, for example, David Price. Once they steeled themselves to trading Addison Russell, the precocious 20-year-old who was going to be their shortstop for the next seven years starting in 2015, the A's knew anyone was in play, including Price. They talked with the Rays. Permutations of a deal went back and forth. It never materialized.

Original Text

The MLB trade deadline is gradually approaching, but the Tampa Bay Rays might not even wait that long to deal ace pitcher David Price.  

With the Rays falling to last place in the American League East, the organization could easily unload the most expensive player on the roster as soon as possible, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (subscription required):

Rival officials are monitoring the market in the way that meteorologists follow weather patterns, and they believe that the Rays are prepared to move the former Cy Young Award winner. As in, right now. 

The Rays aren't actually close to trading Price, according to sources. But the climate is right, given Price's impending free agency after 2015 and Tampa Bay's shockingly poor play this season.

Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of teams lining up to trade for the former Cy Young Award winner. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provides a list of organizations scouting the talented lefty:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also adds the Los Angeles Angels as a possible destination:

Price, 28, has had an up-and-down season in 2014, but he is not getting much help from his teammates, as he is on pace for just his second losing season of his career. However, he just completed a dominant June in which he totaled at least seven innings with double-digit strikeouts and three or fewer earned runs in every start.

Unfortunately, he managed to go just 2-3 in those five starts.

Price also spoke about his recent performances (via Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune):

The fact that Price is able to compete at this level despite the constant distractions is quite impressive. He explained to reporters that the trade talks have entered his mind, via ESPN.com:

I mean, obviously I think about it. That's why I've been in a bad mood the last week and a half. I think about it. You guys know that. And it's nothing I really want to talk about. I don't have an answer for you guys. I don't know where I'm going. I don't know when I'm going. So there's nothing I can really comment on.

These comments seem to indicate that it is not a question of if he will be traded, but when.

Any trade would obviously cost a lot in prospects, but the team bringing him in would get a legitimate left-handed ace who could make the difference between a solid season and a World Series title.

With Price still relatively young and being under team control through the 2015 season, this will be a worthwhile deal for many squads in the coming weeks.  

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