One more relevant topic from Knobler and his speculation on the possibility of trading David Price…
Some Rays people have even identified the Rangers as the team that could provide them with the biggest return in the areas they need most. What if the Rangers, always in search of a true No. 1 starter, offered young shortstop Jurickson Profar, a young pitcher like Martin Perez and an outfielder (perhaps David Murphy)?…I don’t know that the Rangers would do it. I do know that when they said they wouldn’t trade either Profar or Elvis Andrus for Justin Upton, Rangers people suggested that they could be more open to moving a shortstop if a true No. 1 starter was the prize they got back.
Would you trade Price for that package? Jurickson Profar is definitely the star of the proposed trade. He is 19 and is the seventh-best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America and spent the 2012 season in double-A. Martin Perez is a 21-year-old lefty that was rated as the 31st best prospect by Baseball America. But he doesn’t seem like the type of pitcher the Rays typically covet (swing-and-miss pitchers).David Murphy is a player the Rays typically like to have around (good on-base, good glove, a little speed), but he is a free agent after the 2013 season.
Profar and Murphy make sense. Would the Rangers give that up for Jeremy Hellickson? Probably not.