The Cleveland Indians are in the mix for a potential trade for Tampa Bay Rays’ ace David Price. Just how in the mix are they?
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, an executive with the Indians’ organization believes that there is “less than a one percent chance” that Price ends up in Cleveland.
So you’re saying there’s a chance.
Imagine the buzz in Cleveland if they added David Price to their starting rotation during the same spring/summer in which the Browns added Johnny Manziel and the Cavaliers saw LeBron James return.
The Indians are truly a long shot, but if they did trade for Price they would look to lock him up to anchor the top of their rotation with emerging ace Corey Kluber. They have reportedly stayed in contact with the Rays dating back to this past off-season regarding their interest in Price.
Another noteworthy team that is lurking on the fringes of the David Price trade market is the San Francisco Giants. They have a strong interest in Ben Zobrist and have recently been linked to Price. There is a slim possibility that they might try to turn those talks into a blockbuster deal for both guys, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
Don’t rule out the Giants, who also have had interest in Ben Zobrist to solve their second base situation. The Rays, however, know they need top value in return, just as the Phillies would need for Hamels.
Adding Price would certainly be a jolt for the Giants as they battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. A rotation with Madison Bumgarner, Price, and Tim Hudson would be about as close as they could hope to come to matching the Dodgers’ rotation.
We know the favorites for Price, teams like the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, and those aforementioned Dodgers. But if you start hearing about a “mystery team” in the days leading up to the deadline, keep the Indians and the Giants in mind.