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MLB Trade Rumors: David Price likely to land with the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Slowly but surely, the Tampa Bay Rays seem to be coming to the inevitable conclusion that the best course of action is for them to trade ace starting pitcher David Price this summer.

Even if the Rays decide that this year is a fluke and that they will be ready to contend again next season, it likely makes sense to trade Price now in what will surely be a seller’s market. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote about the options for the Rays this week, with the assumption that Price will be dealt regardless:

Do they stand relatively pat, or trade only Price, assuming this year is an aberration, acknowledging that much of the core is signed or under control for several years, and banking on a return to contention in 2015?

Or blow it all up, trading as many players as they can, taking advantage of the large number of other anxious contenders, to significantly re-stock their system and reduce future payroll commitments after spending a team-record $80 million this season?

If Price is dealt, it will mean that the Rays found a trade partner who is willing to pay the price in prospects in a deal, possibly guys who are close to the big leagues, and who is flush with payroll to sign Price to a $150 million type extension.

Were the Los Angeles Dodgers the first team you thought of? I thought so.

Buster Olney of ESPN writes that one top executive said that Price to the Dodgers is “inevitable” (subscription required). The money part of a deal would actually be a little bit complicated depending on the Dodgers’ plans for extensions for Hanley Ramirez, but here’s betting that the Dodgers will make it work if they get the chance.

If it happened, that’s a lot of money and a lot of pedigree at the top of the Dodgers’ rotation.

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  • thomas rickard

    He’s not worth the dodgers future, finally we have some talented youth in the pipeline, and that includes pitching, besides doesn’t seem like he’s having a very good year, and starting pitchers is not the problem now, let’s take care of our needs

    • Jordan MacGeever

      He’s on course to have 280 K’s in 240 innings with an FIP below 3 done only twice since 2000

      • Jordan MacGeever

        if you take away the 1st inning in his starts he’s been unreal. He could be a true monster in the 2nd half of the season

        • thomas rickard

          Unfortunately many pitchers do, including Kershaw, and Greinke, there have been many over the years that have fallen into “get them in the 1st”.

      • thomas rickard

        Starting pitching is not a major need, bullpen yes, and second catcher

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    • Frank

      Finally have talented youth? We’ve always been known for our talented young pitching in the farm. And price is def worth anybody not named Joc, Seager, or Urias. Price is a ace. Period. He has at least 5 more years of solid pitching. In the playoffs going with a 3 man of kersh, price, Greinke? Lol. Unbeatable. That’s multiple championships

  • therza82

    The Cubs probably make for a good trading partner with the Rays since they are loaded with positional players in their minor league system and are starving for pitching. Plus, it looks like they have the money to lock-up Price on a long-term deal. Apparently, they made an offer to Tanaka of 6 years, $120 million. If you include the posting fee, it means they were willing to spend $140 million on Tanaka. Last year, The Cubs offered Anibal Sanchez 5 years/$77.5 million. So, I don’t see any reason why the Cubs wouldn’t be willing to spend $120 million plus on Price.

  • hopelesssinner

    I would trade Van Slyke,Seager and prospect pitcher(not Lee) for Price but, would not trade Joc Pederson for him!

    • Frank

      Definetly not Seager. Lee i would trade in a heartbeat to land price. Lee is a #3. Price gives the dodgers three aces. And he’s still got a handful of solid years. Urias is a stud and probably going to be the next clayton kershaw. Only with 100+ mph fastball. We don’t need lee. Especially if it means getting Price. Any prospects not named Joc, Seager, or Urias are available IMO.

      • hopelesssinner

        I don’t know exactly what it would take to get Price but, whatever it is the Dodgers have to do it! IF not Price maybe Cliff Lee? But, we all know what having great pitching(NOT Ryu/Haren/Beckett) means when it comes to the playoff series! Less we forget what happened to the Dodgers in the NLCS against the Cards and all we really had was Kershaw/Greinke . Having a third ace would be crucial for the Dodgers to get and shore up that pen! I would go as far as trading Ryu along with prospects to go out and get Price or Lee at this point!