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Jun 25, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

David Price Trade Rumors: Rays open to trading Price within AL East

With Jeff Samardzija now off the market and in Oakland’s rotation, the focus of the trade deadline pitching frenzy shifts back to Tampa Bay where the Rays are looking around to see where they can ship ace David Price off to and get back a decent return on his value.

One place that he could land is in the American League East, which is something that the Rays previously seemed very closed minded to for very obvious reasons.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Rays are now open to the idea of trading Price within the division which means we could see the Toronto Blue Jays make a strong push to land the former Cy Young winner before the deadline passes at the end of July.

The Rays are willing to deal Price within the American League East, and the Blue Jays could make a credible offer by putting forward two of their top three prospects: Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey.

Another landing spot could be out West with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as it’s possible they could move to acquire Price to help play politics in their ongoing dispute with Time Warner. Toronto wants Price for solely baseball purposes though as they’re making a strong push to go deep into the postseason this year and their chances of doing that increase ten-fold if they land another ace for their staff.

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