Playing A Little Pepper

The David Price rumors continue to heat up. Bill Shaikin of the LA Times calls the Dodgers “a long shot,” to acquire Price, but notes they cannot be ruled out…Here is a breakdown of Rays attendance. Ken Rosenthal says the Cardinals can afford Price but warns against including Oscar Taveras and overpaying. Rosenthal adds that the Angels would “love a shot” at trading for Price but a source says they “might not have the pieces” to get a deal done. One executive with another club told Rosenthal the Rays “are definitely open for business“… Buster Olney doubts the Giants will be serious bidders, noting they have several other needs to address. Jim Bowden says there is a 75% chance Price will be traded. He also gives Ben Zobrist a 70% chance of being traded. I’m sure there is a complicated formula behind those numbers…Alex Colome will start the first game of the double-header today, his first start for the Rays this season.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Kevin Kiermaier, RF
  3. Ben Zobrist, SS
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Brandon Guyer, LF
  7. Matt Joyce, DH
  8. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
  9. Jose Molina, C
  10. Alex Colome, SP
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4 Comments

  1. zenny says:

    I'd say the only untouchables right now are Longo, Archer, McGee, and Myers. Besides Price and Benny, Joyce, Jennings, Loney, and Balfour are especially ready to move if the offer/s is/are right. Dejesus, too, if he was healthy. Could have a totally revamped roster come Aug. 1.

    Of course, if the offers are not to the Rays' liking, they would rather do nothing than sell low.

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  2. Dave L says:

    I seriously doubt anyone else would be traded individually until DP and Ben are moved. They have the greatest value and anyone else we have needs to be saved as chattel to close a deal involving the big two as they are the only ones who would bring anything MLB ready in return. So anyone else needs to be saved in case of a 3 way or if it can really help close a deal as WD did with Shields.

    The other mid level talent we have is mostly locked up through 2105 and the only one who is overpaid is likely Balfour.

    I believe Rays still have faith in Dejesus, Hannigan and Loney so I dont expect them to go as they are also low fixed costs through 2105.

    I think Jennings is safe also. He has 3 years of arb left. In 2014 he is 13th (of 20 qualified) in OPS amongst MLB CF and they dont platoon him. Sure he has regressed in 2014 but I dont expect the Rays to give up on him unless someone wanted him badly and it closed a big trade.

    Balfour was brought in to make a run in 2014 and thats virtually dead and his price is high for any Rays reliever. He didn't cost us anything to acquire other than money, so if someone really wanted him that bad and was willing to give us prospects then that would be a plus. In that case the best thing would be for him to get hot from now until the deadline to increase his desirability.

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  3. Gus says:

    Are we so sure Zobrist is getting traded? He might be a guy who'd retire a Ray. I'd also note that his thumb (and back) issues make him far less atrractive. If it is a salary dump, that would be one thing. But my guess is that he actually stays, especially if the Rays feel like in 2015 they can contend again (as I do).

    Price wants to be a Dodger and the Dodgers wanted him last year when the Rays played out there, it was fairly obvious. The problem for the Rays is they can;t have a bidding war unless they invoke the AL East. They need to offer Price to the AL East, but ultimately not make a deal there.

    Please send Molina along with Price. He needs his personal catcher.

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  4. Woodrow744 says:

    If you read either the LA Times article or Rosenthal's, you see what this whole thing has become: a bunch of writers shaking the tree for something to put a splash on their page/website. It's become "media fantasy baseball" for them to endlessly speculate/drool over. We see it not just in sports media. How long did CNN devote endless hours to the Malaysia airline disappearance? It's news when there is no news. No wonder DP is sick of hearing about it.
    Cork, I'm glad you put articles like the two I referenced up for discussion. A big part of sports and being a fan is the "what if" factor. But, I just believe no (and I mean zero) information about Price's future is coming from the Rays front office to writers/ media celebrities at this time.

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