97722661JG006_TAMPA_BAY_RAYPeter Gammons raised some eyebrows with a column that led many to think that the Dodgers have a plan in place to trade for David Price, suggesting that a move was only a matter of time. But what Gammons really wrote was far from that.

Gammons spoke with “industry sources,” specifically a couple of general managers, who speculated on what the Dodgers might try to do this off-season including trading for David Price. One of the anonymous general managers suggested a specific package of prospects that would “get it done.”

“They have the minor league talent to get Price…If they would trade Corey Seager and Julio Urias (the 17-year old lefthanded pitcher) and a couple out of Zach Lee, Joc Pederson or Chris Withrow, it would get it done.”

Of course, none of this means anything. These anonymous GMs don’t know what the Dodgers’ plan is. They don’t what the Rays would want in a trade and certainly have no idea if the Dodgers would offer that package or if the Rays would accept it. About the only thing we learned from this is that there is at least one GM out there that thinks the Dodgers have some good players in their system. Of course, we have no idea if that GM is good at his job, so even that is somewhat meaningless.

In other words, nothing to see here, folks.


  • The Rays picked up the 2014 options for Ben Zobrist ($7 million), Yunel Escobar ($5 million), and David DeJesus ($6.5 million).
  • Marc Topkin reports that the Rays and David DeJesus may be in discussions for a long-term deal. [Marc Topkin]
  • Ken Rosenthal explains why the market is in the right spot for the Rays to get a great package in return for David Price. But will the Rays ask for too much? “The Rays’ biggest obstacle, as they entertain offers for Price, might be their own expectations — they surely will want to beat their return for Shields, and not by a little.” [Fox Sports]
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says both the Dodgers and the Angels are interested in trading for David Price and wonders if Mark Trumbo or Howie Kendrick could be part of the package. [Boston.com]
  • One Dodgers website says the price for David Price is just too high. [MikeSciosciasTragicIllness]
  • BRaysball Talk takes a look back at the 2013 season. [BRaysball Talk]
  • Derek Jeter got a raise after the worst season of his career. The Yankees didn’t have to do it, but there was a very good reason why they did. [BI Sports]
  • Kinda weird how similar the career earnings of Derek Jeter and Kobe Bryant are. [BI Chart]
  • 76 baseball “experts” went 0-152 predicting which teams would play in the World Series. [BI Sports]
  • Unless you think the Bucs want to make a run at Lovie Smith before other teams do this off-season, I’m not sure what the upside is to firing Greg Schiano now. [JoeBucsFan]






  1. phil says:

    I would trade Price for Joc Pederson ( lefty hitting outfielder), Zach Lee (starting pitcher who should start AAA next year) and Chis Withro (power bullpen arm)

  2. Dave L says:

    Im surprised they picked up Dejesus option. Escobar and Zobrist obviously as everyday players are providing value.

    But i would think they could find better value than Dejesus at $6.5 million. Thats 10% of last years player payroll.

    A long term deal? Why? He's going to be 34, his weak power will only diminish.

    I like Dejesus as part of the mix going forward as a 4th outfielder but I dont think his services are in great demand anywhere else. I dont understand the $6.5 for 2014 much less anything long term.

    Are they projecting him a an everyday leadoff hitter? Based on what track record? His OBP that is identical to that of Matt Joyce?

    What am I missing here?

    • OriginalTom says:

      I would not be surprised if they trade Dejesus. He has been between 1.5-2 WAR the past couple of years so if you assume a win is worth 5 million dollars than he is worth between 7.5-10 Million/ year so there is excess value. He would be an improvement for many teams as a corner outfielder.

      Also the buy out was 1.5M so even if they trade him for a box of baseballs they still save 1.5M. If they cannot trade him than you have a decent left fielder for 2014.

    • Steve says:

      He's not a .300 hitter anymore but still an excellent defender, can play multiple OF positions (all very well) and hits righties. Above average everyday player, or a great platoon LF for the money.

      He signed a three-year deal, by the way.

    • Craig says:

      The Rays have loved DeJesus for years and were close to a trade when broke a bone a few years back with KC. He is their type of player who plays very good defense, hits well against righties especially and runs the bases well. Not to mention is a good clubhouse guy with veteran presence.

      • Dave L says:

        Craig Steve and O Tom dont get me wrong. I like DeJesus. I think $6.5M is too much thats all.

        I think the multtiyear deal will be less than that per.

        The Rays payroll is a fixed budget. Its not unlimited like the Sox who start out with a payroll larger than the Rays then convieniently add free agents whose total 2013 salaries again eclipse our 2013 totals by themselves. Just let that sink in for a moment.

        Thats what we are up against.

        Every dollar given to existing player X is one less we have to future player Y.

        Again I really like Dejesus. For me hes worth about $4M max 2013

  3. Gus says:

    The DeJesus signing is totally out of character and makes me more convinced Price won't be on the payroll next year. For the Rays, DeJesus is just too much money. It is probably the end of Matt Joyce, probably, who looks to have stagnated under Maddon's platoons and Sam Fuld, who is kind of a poor man's David DeJesus..

    All that said, I like his approach at the plate, his defense and his fire. I kind of think the Rays view him as a Victorino-type glue guy. They just aren't willing heretofore to part with that much money for glue guys. But I guess they just did.

    The OF who finished the season in CF seems like a 24 year old version of DeJesus.

  4. Alex says:

    The Rays and David DeJesus have agreed to a new two-year contract that will cover the 2014-15 seasons and include a club option for 2016, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter).

  5. Phil says:

    What are the dollars per year and option year?


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