The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t officially made David Price available for trade yet, though it’s more than obvious than his time in Florida is coming to an end. Multiple teams have expressed interest in acquiring the former Cy Young award winner though the Seattle Mariners have been intrigued with the thought from the start.
There have been rumors suggesting the two sides have spoken about a trade for quite some time and today Jon Morosi of Fox Sports states the two sides have been in ‘ongoing trade discussions‘, not only centered around David Price but infielder Ben Zobrist as well.
Seattle’s interest in David Price is completely understood as they’d have another ‘ace’ to place alongside Felix Hernandez, though the interest in Zobrist is slightly new. One thing the Seattle Mariners have been searching for is a right handed power bat and while Zobrist may not fill that role completely, he did have a bit of pop. He also brings with him an ability to play multiple defensive positions and would give Seattle much desired versatility. Still, the main target in the trade would be David Price who, despite his struggles this season, would likely flourish in Safeco Field.
Understandably, the Mariners are having to keep up with both the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels, especially after they spent so much money this offseason.
David Price won’t come cheap, especially given he’s under contract next season, though it may be a move the Mariners have to make if they want to make a postseason push.