If recent MLB trade rumors are to be taken seriously, the Tampa Bay Rays could conceivably land two of the top hitting prospects in all of baseball within a three year span.
Having already acquired Wil Myers from the Kansas City Royals a couple years ago, the Rays could possibly have a shot at Oscar Taveras, of St. Louis Cardinals fame. While the team faces a risky situation if they do trade David Price, there is growing speculation that the Cardinals would be willing to offer Taveras in addition to pitcher Shelby Miller in a deadline offer for Price.
That would be tough to turn down.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes the following:
The Rays certainly are tempted to trade Price. They know they could receive a tantalizing package from the St. Louis Cardinals that could include prized 22-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras, 23-year-old starter Shelby Miller and their first-round pick in the 2015 compensation pool.
As a follow-up to Nightengale’s piece, Jon Heyman spoke to executives who believe that offer is legit:
Anyway, rival executives believed it had some merit. They also believed something like that could be tempting for Friedman and the Rays front office.
That is one heck of a package, and while the Rays can imagine that they will get a nice offer this off-season for Price, it will be hard to envision one that beats that haul. Unfortunately for Andrew Friedman and the Tampa Bay front office, they potentially face a big problem with the other players on the roster if they deal Price.
More and more it sounds like the Rays will keep Price in hopes that he can lead a charge to the 2014 playoffs. If they do decide on that course of action, it sounds like they will turn down a heck of an offer from St. Louis.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumblings from the baseball hot stove this trade season.