It is that time of year when Major League Baseball trade rumors start picking up and one of the biggest names being thrown around is Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. The Seattle Mariners have reportedly offered Taijuan Walker to Rays in a trade for Price, amongst other teams.
Now the St. Louis Cardinals are throwing their hat in the ring as well, according to a report Sunday from Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
The Mariners don’t view it as an issue because they would have Price for the remainder of this year and next. The Cardinals have shown interest but would want a financial commitment, according to a major league source. 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.
Because the Cardinals want a financial commitment from Price, landing him might be harder than the Mariners who are ok “renting” him.
The Cardinals have competition already for Price and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. The Toronto Blue Jays could be another team getting into the mix as well.
Word is the Blue Jays are in on everyone, from David Price to Hamels to Ben Zobrist and Chase Utley. “They’ve got their scouts looking at everyone, and [GM Alex] Anthopoulos is very active himself scouting,” said one AL special adviser.