The Rays have been playing well of late and finally appear to be healthy. However, the team is still seven games out of first place in the American League East. Per Stark, a rival executive said:
"If they get the right offer, I'm convinced they'll move him. They've really built their team by making these kinds of deals. But if the return they can get now is something they think they can get this winter, they'll hold him."
Perhaps a team like the Chicago Cubs could come up with "the right offer." The Cubs have stockpiled young talent but still lack that front-of-the-rotation star that Price could be.
The 28-year-old, who turns 29 on August 26, even talked about how cool it would be to win a championship on the North Side of Chicago. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Price said:
Being a part of something special is also something you want to do. You can take that to a first-place team. You could take that all the way to a last-place team like the Cubs. With the talent they have coming up they could be a very special team in a few years as well. That would probably be the coolest city to win a championship in. They haven't done it in I'm not sure how long. To do that there that would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports thinks the Cubs should make a play for Price. Rosenthal writes:
Hello, Theo. And you, too, Tom Ricketts.
The Cubs are deep enough in position prospects to make the right offer. And the Cubs, though they don't always act like it, play in a large market, which means they can afford Price's projected $20 million salary next season.
If a great offer from the Cubs—or another team—does come along, it could open the flood gates for the Rays.
Dealing Price would be waving the proverbial white flag on the season, and that could mean deals for the likes of Ben Zobrist and other high-priced players could be coming as well.
Yankees Looking for a Starter
With so many injuries to the Yankees rotation, it's no wonder the team is in the market for a starting pitcher. Despite their bad run of health, the Yanks are only three games out of first place in the American League East.
Per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Yankees had a scout in Chicago to watch San Diego Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy on Wednesday night.
The 29-year-old has been decent for the Padres this year. He has posted an 8-9 record with an ERA of 3.66. With the Yankees rotation in such ruins, Kennedy could be a significant boost for the group.
That said, CBS Sports Jon Heyman reports that sources are indicating the Padres are telling interested teams the price for Kennedy will be high. It remains to be seen whether the Yankees have—or will be willing to part with—the assets the Padres seek.
Papelbon Not Likely Moving
There is apparently some interest in Jonathan Papelbon around the league, but Stark reports that it is unlikely the Philadelphia Phillies reliever is moved, per sources.
He's not going anywhere to set up. The Tigers and Orioles -- two teams often connected with him -- were never looking for new closers. And his money ($13 million next year, plus a $13 million vesting option for 2016) and speak-his-mind reputation aren't helping his marketability, either.
It seems like Papelbon and the Phillies organization may be stuck with each other for at least the rest of this season.