From the same Danny Knobler story we discussed earlier, comes even more evidence that Jeremy Hellickson is the most likely starting pitcher to be traded. And not susprisingly, Wade Davis‘ name is also mentioned…
The Rays have suggested to teams that they don’t want to trade either Price or James Shields. They’ve suggested that they’d rather deal Wade Davis, or Jeremy Hellickson, or perhaps even Matt Moore.
This is more than just a few of us speculating what the Rays will do. This is the what other teams are sensing after talking with the Rays. Of course, none of this means the Rays won’t trade James Shields or David Price. But it does tell us what the Rays would prefer to do.
Also, it should not be surprising to see Wade Davis’ name involved. This could actually be one of the more interesting subplots this winter as it will be the last chance the Rays have to trade Big Dub to a team that wants him as a starting pitcher. Of course, the Rays will place a price tag on Davis as if he were still a starting pitcher. And other teams will only want to pay as if he is a reliever. It will be interesting to see if the Rays will be willing to compromise and meet a team in the middle.
As for Moore, it would not be surprising if he is being dangled just as a tease. If other teams see how much it would cost for Moore — let’s say A+B+C+D — it might make the pricetage for Hellickson — let’s say A+B+C — seem easier to swallow.