Aug 9, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

David Price rumors: Rays ask Dodgers for Joc Pederson in trade talks

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been long interested in acquiring David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays. Even before Price was essentially offered up to the highest bidder, the Dodgers were said to have interest in trading for the former Cy Young award winner.

At the time the Los Angeles Dodgers deemed the Tampa Bay Rays asking price too high and it seems like they may do so again considering the Rays are said to be asking for a package that is surrounded by Joc Pederson.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Pederson, a five-tool talent and top prospect in the Dodgers system is coveted by the Rays and would be needed in a David Price trade.

With the Dodgers, the Rays talked about some combination of shortstop Corey Seager, outfielder Joc Pederson and pitchers Julio Arias and Chris Anderson.

The Dodgers do have an abundance of outfielders and three of the four have massive contracts that aren’t easy to move. That’s the main reason Pederson, who has been mashing Triple-A pitching has yet to make the Major Leagues.

It has to be a concern of the Dodgers that they won’t be able to clear a spot for Joc Pederson in the near future, which is something the Tampa Bay Rays are likely praying on. Still, talented as Price is, it’s hard to imagine the Dodgers giving away Pederson (along with other high level prospects).

Stranger things have happened however and there’s no doubt, the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation would be absolutely terrifying with the addition of David Price.

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