The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox made a trade with one another before hte trade deadline passed last month, but they weren’t the only AL East teams talking trade with one another.
Perhaps the biggest trade of the summer so far was the three team deal that sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers, something that a lot of teams were in on but only one could pull off. As the trade deadline neared that Thursday, reports began to pop up that the New York Yankees were in on the David Price talks, but the rays weren’t going to trade him within the division.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there were no strings attached to any trade offers for David Price when it came to the Yankees or Red Sox.
A report out of New York last week that the Rays and Red Sox were prohibited from dealing their ace pitchers to the rival Yankees sounded like an intriguing story line. Or an attempt by Yankees brass to cover their butts for not being able to upgrade their rotation. Certainly, the Rays and Red Sox might have asked for more to put David Price or Jon Lester in pinstripes, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t allowed to. “We don’t have a no-fly list,” Rays president Matt Silverman said. “We have 29 potential trading partners, and we have explored trades with each and every one of them.”
The Yankees never really seemed like serious fits for Price, but the fact that they didn’t land him because of trade strings being attached to the deal seems to be being made up out of New York rather than something that was actually part of the deal.
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