There haven’t been any major developments in the David Price trade front. But we are now at the All-Star break and it was recently suggested that the Rays would reevaluate their position during the break and then decide whether they wanted to seriously entertain trade offers.
The Rays are now 44-53, 9.5 games behind the Orioles in the East (11 in the loss column) and 8.0 games behind the Mariners in the Wild Card (9 in the loss column).
While the Wild Card may appear to be the easier route it actually is not. The Rays need to pass three teams to win the East. They would have to pass seven teams to jump into one of the Wild Card spots. The likelihood that none of those seven teams will play well down the stretch is unlikely.
On the other hand, the Rays are playing better. On June 11, the Rays were 24-42 and 15 games behind the Blue Jays. Since then they have gone 20-11 and yet that’s not good enough. The Orioles are also 20-11 over that stretch. Remember, at this point in the season, not only do the Rays have to play well, but when the loss column number is so big, the other team must also collapse.
The O’s are not cooperating and time is running out. That means there is still a good chance Price will be moved. But there still needs to be at least one team willing to pay the hefty price.
So let’s get to the latest rumors:
- Ken Rosenthal suggests the Mariners should go hard after David Price and says they have the pieces to get it done. If you recall, the Mariners were the favorites to trade for Price this past off-season. [FoxSports]
- Chris Cotillo of SBNation.com says Indians scouts have been told to focus Rays prospects. The Indians have previously talked to the Rays about trading for David Price and it is not impossible to imagine the Rays sweetening a deal with lower-level prospects in order to land Cleveland’s top prospects. [SBNation]
- On the other hand, the Dodgers may no longer be in the mix. The Dodgers are looking for starting pitching, but GM Ned Colletti told the media he doesn’t see the team doing anything “to tear apart the farm system.” [LA Times]
- In a video report, Ken Rosenthal says it would be just like the Angels to “swoop in” and “shock the baseball world” by trading for David Price, but acknowledges they probably don’t have the pieces to get it done. [Fox Sports Video]
- Bill Shaikin of the LA Times says David Price hasn’t had contract extension negotiations with the Rays since the winter after the 2012 season. [@BillShaikin]
- Meanwhile, David Price is so much on edge that when Joe Maddon called Price to his office to congratulate him on the All-Star game, Price thought he had been traded. [TampaBay.com]