Winter Meetings: The trade market for David Price
There could be some rumblings on David Price‘s trade market during the Winter Meetings this week. OPSN breakdowns some of the potential landing spots for the Rays’ Ace.
Price, who is controlled for two more seasons, had a down year compared to his 20-win Cy Young award winning 2012 season with a 10-8 mark and a 3.33 ERA.
The Seattle Mariners seem to be interested in acquiring the talented pitcher as they are aggressive, particularly after the Robinson Cano signing.
Seattle has what it takes for the Price to be right with their young talent. We heard reports last week that for a deal to happen, talented arm Taijuan Walker would have to be in the deal.
The Mariners are in a win-now phase with the signing of Cano. They didn;t just agree to pay him $240 million to not compete. They appear to be serious and they could look to strike a deal if the Price is right.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were reported last week to have been seeking a top ace on the trading market this off-season. The only major question that could potentially deter the organization from enhancing farther in dialogue would be top arm Archie Bradley. It’s certain the Rays would ask for him in any trade negotiations and the Diamondbacks have stated their intentions to keep him.
According to Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com, the Dodgers and Rangers have been long considered the favorites for Price. The Braves, who are considered Price’s favorite destination if moved, could be in on the mixed too.
The trade market is huge for Price in terms of what a team would want in return. But he could be a better option if a team is looking to upgrade for a title run and not want to risk signing big bucks on an uncertain commodity like Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez?
Right now if I’m a General Manager with one major move away from a title run, it’d be in the best interest of the organization to trade for him rather than take a chance and spend big money on one of those three starters. At this point, the chances of Price getting traded this week are legitimate. Updates will come from OPSN throughout the day.
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