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OF Joc Pederson, RHP Zach Lee and OF Andre Ethier for LHP David Price and OF/IF Ben Zobrist
As if the Dodgers need another front-line starter to accompany All-Stars Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays has seen his name linked to Los Angeles since the offseason.
Although the Rays have played better baseball of late, they are still tied with the Red Sox for last place in the AL East.
While most teams around baseball would love to acquire the talented lefty's services if Tampa Bay decides to become a seller at the deadline, only a few clubs can actually afford the former first overall pick.
That's because Price is going to command a massive new contract when he becomes a free agent after the 2015 season (He will remain under Tampa Bay control as an arbitration-eligible player next season.).
Price's upcoming deal is expected to pay him more than $150 million, which is based on the similar paychecks recently doled out to the likes of Kershaw and Felix Hernandez.
The Dodgers, with their record payroll that isn't getting lower anytime soon, have the financial flexibility to offer Price the kind of big-money contract headed his way.
But in order to complete any deal for Price, the Los Angeles will most likely have to part with at least two of their top prospects.
The team's best hitting prospects are infielder Corey Seager, who represented the Dodgers in last Sunday's Futures Game, and center fielder Joc Pederson, who this week clubbed a home run in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Since the Dodgers already have a surplus of outfielders, it might make more sense for them to ship off Pederson as well as veteran outfielder Andre Ethier.
Pederson, who boasts a 1.017 OPS in the Pacific Coast League, is about as major league-ready as a Triple-A player can get. He was nearly promoted last June, but the Dodgers opted to go with Yasiel Puig instead.
Still, the Rays will want more than just Pederson, especially if they include utilityman Ben Zobrist in the deal.
In terms of pitching prospects, 17-year-old left-hander Julio Urias has recently usurped 2010 first-round pick Zach Lee on the Dodgers' minor-league depth chart.
This blockbuster trade may actually come down to whether or not the Rays demand Urias, who was the youngest player in the Futures Game and is becoming increasingly untouchable in the Dodgers' eyes.
In fact, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti recently acknowledged that the team is probably unwilling to trade the caliber of prospects he expects the Rays to demand in a trade for Price, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
The opportunity for a mega-rotation in Los Angeles is very well within reach. For Colletti and the Dodgers, the question over the next 14 days becomes whether or not the price is right.
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