MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Ian Kennedy, David Price and More

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 19, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of an interleague baseball game Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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That infamous time of year has rolled around. The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and we should see plenty of familiar faces in new places in short order.

While some teams are aiming to bolster their rosters in an effort to make pushes for the postseason, others are looking to the future and will trade current assets with expensive contracts.

Needless to say, the rumor mill has already begun to spin, and many notable names around the league are already involved in trade discussions.

So, which players are rumored to be on the trade block? Which teams are interested in acquiring their services? Let's speculate on a few of these situations based on recent buzz to surface around the Web.


Angels and Padres Talking Pitchers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12:  Ian Kennedy #22 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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As of Friday morning, the Los Angeles Angels are 57-37, while the San Diego Padres are 41-54. It only makes sense that these two teams would be doing business at this point in the season.

While the Angels are looking to improve their rotation and depth on the mound, the Padres make the perfect trade partner due to some nice arms currently on the roster.

On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the sides weren't seeing eye-to-eye on Ian Kennedy but continued to talk about Houston Street:

Well, that appears to have changed once again, according to a tweet from Ollie Connolly of

Now, it appears the two sides are not only talking about both Kennedy and Street once again, but Tyson Ross is also in the conversation.

All three of these arms would improve the Angels' chances of going deep into the postseason and making a push for each one would certainly keep things very interesting before the trade deadline.


Mariners and Rays Trade Talk

ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 20:  Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits the ball during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on June 20, 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Mariners are sitting nicely with a 51-44 record; however, they are in the ultra-competitive AL West and need to make up some ground. The Tampa Bay Rays are floundering with a 44-53 record and appear willing to negotiate.

According to a tweet from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1, the Mariners are interested in acquiring both David Price and Ben Zobrist:

Price is having a nice season with a 3.23 ERA and 167 strikeouts while allowing 61 runs on 137 hits in 20 appearances. Zobrist is having another solid year at the plate, batting .266 with 85 hits, 19 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 24 RBI.

Seattle is going after this duo due to its failed attempt at acquiring Marlon Byrd, as Morosi noted on Twitter:

It sounds as if these discussions are only in the preliminary stages, so we'll have to wait and see how this develops.


Dodgers Don't Want Papelbon

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 09:  Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 9, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has expressed his desire to play for a contender. Obviously, he's not too thrilled about his team's 42-53 record.

Well, it appeared as though the 54-43 Los Angeles Dodgers were willing to fulfill the pitcher's request, according to a tweet from Mark Saxon of ESPN:

That's changed in a big way, as Saxon rescinded his previous information:

Papelbon is having a nice season in Philadelphia, and it can be expected that he'll garner some interest before the trade deadline passes. Although, as it looks right now, the Dodgers will not be in play for the closer.