David Price won’t be a free agent until 2016 at the earliest. However, with the Rays’ depth of starting pitching and Price’s rising arbitration-level salaries (he’ll make ~$15 million in 2014) it would not be surprising if he is traded this winter.

One logical destination is Los Angeles and it would seem that the Dodgers already have their sights locked on Price.

The Dodgers appear to know enough about Price to know that the way to his heart is through his dog, Astro. With Astro joining Price on the trip to the West Coast, the Dodgers had a gift “basket” of sorts ready and waiting to welcome Astro to Dodger Stadium.

Brilliant, just brilliant. Let’s face it, if the Rays can’t keep him, there are worse places he could end up. And with the Dodgers’ new win-at-any-cost mentality, they would give the Rays their entire farm system for Price…

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17 Comments

  1. Rick says:

    Too bad the dodgers farm system isnt that great and doesnt have the package to get him

    • John says:

      Spoken like a true Rays fan. You should take a look at that farm system before you speak again, however.

    • John says:

      Frankly I wouldn’t give you half of it, and nothing at the top. Price is leaving Tampa, and the organization knows that. They arn’t going to hold out on a team that is willing to take his salary and throw some talent at them.

    • David says:

      Joc Pederson disagrees with you.

  2. J 2.0 says:

    Who do the Dodgers even have that would be equitable for Price? Certainly not Dee Gordon. Puig is, but no way the Dodgers part ways with him.

  3. Matt says:

    I think the dodgers have enough to get Price, it would just take a lot. Corey Seager, SS and Zach Lee, SP are both top 100 prospects. They would have to be included, plus two B+ prospects.

    • Brian says:

      Dodgers aren’t trading Corey Seager. They’d probably give up Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, Ross Stripling and Chris Reed which might not be enough. I’m sure the Rays would ask for Julio Urias but I don’t know if the Dodgers would be willing to part with him either.

  4. J says:

    Price will be a free agent. Free agents cost dollars, not prospects.

    • Rob says:

      He’s not a free agent until after the 2014 season.

    • KT says:

      Seriously dude? Are you trolling or just that inept at reading?

    • Ken says:

      According to Cork’s 40 man Roster chart the Rays still have Price until the end of 2015. Unless Seager, Pederson and Uritas are in the mix the Rays can do better elsewhere. The Rays won’t trade Price this winter unless they’re completely blown away by an offer.

  5. mp645 says:

    In two years, Price will cost our cheapskate team too much. Longo got his 10 year contract but will the Front Office pony up $$ for Price? Probably not.

    This ultra low cost mentality is like the Minnesota Twins of the 1960′s, 1970′s and 1980′s when Cal Griffith was the owner….all rookies, veterans sliding towards retirement and whose bought cheaply on waivers. Result: one World Series in almost 30 years of playing in 1987, joke of a team and never filled the stadiums with fans. Taxpayers have paid for 3 stadiums so far. Still poor results.

    Because of the lack of dollars, the strength of the Rays is ‘homegrown” (ie cheap) players that have been schooled in our farm system and they do a fabulous job! Look to the Stone Crabs, Biscuits and Bulls and try to get some of those players with promise up to speed. Archer is getting better and he wasn’t always listed as the first choice for the Bulls to Rays call up. He has earned his way up.

    The Rays will come out ahead even with changes. Although I doubted it, Wil Myers does not appear to not be a fluke. I would have traded Heely instead of Shields though. Helly would have been worth more last year as a trade.

  6. Rick Okie says:

    Speaking as a Dodger fan, I think LA might already be at that “win” place with no further expenditure. So the “at all cost” part of the formula might not need to happen. That said, I love Price and I’d love to see him in a Dodger uniform. I’d part with Lee and Pederson to get him…

  7. SL says:

    Whats the panic for? So the Dodgers gave Astro a gift basket, that doesnt mean they are courting him. When i bring my wife to a hotel and she finds a pillow mint does that mean the hotel is courting my wife? Price will leave but my money is for him to go via free agency to either the Yankees in 2016 or winter trade to the Braves or Phillies 2014/2015 Yankees GM will get the green light to overspend they payroll in order to get them back into the playoffs and A-Rod will either be banned, released or resigned by 2016 so cap room may not be an issue. The Braves have an amazing farm system and the tendency to be firm offerers and always keep the door open. History has shown that The Braves believe that the best way to win is with the best pitching staff so why wouldnt they trade for a proven Rotation anchor? The Phillies have serious cap issues but their rotation is grown old to fast and Roy isnt going to last to 2016 and Lee is due for free agency. Bottom line The Phillies and Yankees need to win Price is a born winner and the Braves need a Price-like pitcher for them to make it past The NLCS with the Dodgers.

  8. Sarah says:

    Is this like finding out some well off guy sent flowers to your girlfriend? Hands off, Dodgers, we haven’t broken up with David yet. Did the Dodgers have any sort of actual explanation for the Astro swag? Nothing for Matt Joyce’s dog just to make it look even handed?

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