MLB: SEP 17 Red Sox v RaysA lot of people think the signing of Grant Balfour means the Rays are keeping David Price, including Bill Chastain.

Yes, it is looking more and more like the Rays are going to keep Price, at least until July. But I am not convinced the two moves are related.

If the Rays did trade Price, it is not like they were going to all of a sudden go into rebuilding mode and tank the season. There is still plenty of talent without Price and adding Balfour solidifies the back-end of the bullpen.

In fact, you can just as easily make the argument (although I don’t subscribe to it) that signing Balfour makes it more likely the Rays will trade Price, since the projected payroll is now over $82 million.

One theory I do subscribe to is how keeping Price makes it more likely the Rays will be more active as sellers at the trading deadline than they are normally. The payroll is likely stretched to the max and if everything is not going well, corrections will need to be made sooner rather than later.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • MLB Network is letting fans pick the “Face of MLB” in a bracket of players, which seems dumb to me, but whatever. Even dumber is Evan Longoria losing to Chase Utley in the first round. [MLB Network]
  • The Rays have just three players on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospects list and none in the top 50. Jake Odorizzi is the highest-ranked at no. 56, followed by Hak-Ju Lee (no. 84), and Taylor Guerrieri (no. 94). [MLB.com]
  • Marc Topkin has more on the local camps being hosted by Matt Joyce and San Fuld. [TampaBay.com]
  • Is “Hard Knocks” coming to One Buc Place? [JoeBucsFan]
  • Are you excited about the Winter Olympics? The Norwegian Curling team is. [BI Sports]

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4 Comments

  1. Phil says:

    The only way i trade Price is if we get Archie Bradley from the diamondbacks plus one other prospect…or Tajunn Walker from the Mariners ..nothing less!

  2. Dean says:

    I was all for Price going in the off-season in a Friedman-type heist we’ve come to expect, but after these off-season moves, I want to see this team get a chance as constructed.

    At least until the trading deadline.

  3. Rob says:

    They will trade Price if someone offers them enough value in return. Otherwise they will keep him.

  4. Ken says:

    I expect Price to stay all year. The Rays have assembled a pretty good team. Consider that Price, Cobb and HellBoy spent a significant amount of time on the DL last year, coupled with injuries to Longo and Jennings and they still made the playoffs. They have three pitchers with closer experience, two, maybe three good set-up men, a gold glove infield and an upgrade at catcher. If everyone stays healthy the sky’s the limit. Factor in that Jo Ma has a lot of flexibility in line up offerings and I, for one, am pretty optimistic.

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