Although the Los Angeles Dodgers recently came out and suggested that they don’t plan to spend hefty money every offseason, they didn’t say when that would start. It apparently won’t start this offseason as the Dodgers are said to be in the market for both Masahiro Tanaka and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays.
But, suggests several general managers, the Dodgers can avoid the loss of their number one pick and the slot money if they trade for David Price and get Masahiro Tanaka from Japan. “They have the minor league talent to get Price,” says one GM.
The above blurb comes from Peter Gammons, so the credibility is relatively valid.
Tanaka won’t come cheap, but as we’ve seen in the past (say like Hideo Nomo), the Dodgers and their market can support a player like Tanaka financially more than just about anybody, outside of the New York Yankees. As for Price, he’ll be a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, which has lead to speculation that the Rays (who are pretty stocked with arms) will look to move their ace.
The Dodgers themselves had a heavy handful of talented minor league talents they could use to sway the Rays, so it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that Los Angeles could attempt to swing a deal for both players. Long shot? Certainly. Impossible? Not at all.