David Price

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]


  1. David Spenn says:

    Even when many considered the Rays' season lost twenty games, I maintained that if the Rays were to go 13-7 in their last twenty they'd still be in contention for not only the second wild card spot but also the division. Consider these reasons of mine for an exciting, and potential historical second half run : A) I don't believe the Rays have had their longest winning streak of the year yet, but time will tell, of course Their longest winning streak is only five games. A few, 7-3, 8-2, 9-1 ten-game stretches, plus a win streak above five is not out of the possibility should the Rays continue to pitch well, play solid d', and get the necessary hitting. B) The strength of schedule. Rays play an easier schedule based on the current standings. O's play ten more games than the Rays vs. 1st-2nd-3rd placed teams, and play seven fewer games vs. teams placed 4th-5th in their divisions currently. C) Fatigue factor. I think this might be the most important of the three factors, imo. The Rays have eight days off and their longest stretch of games is twenty games with thirteen of those games occurring at the Trop. The Orioles only have five scheduled days off, with their longest stretch also being twenty games (eleven of twenty at home). The Oriole's have two long road trips of nine and ten games respectively, while the Rays longest Road trip is just ten games this half. The O's start-off the second half with said ten game road trip, day-off, followed by sixteen consecutive, day-off, and then for another twenty straight. It's conceivable that the Rays will have had made-up enough ground to have made an impact when the two teams square-off during both club's twenty-game stretch without a day-off in between games. The Rays, in theory, should be more fresh, and will have had five days-off to the Orioles three days-off in August and Early September when the games occur on the schedule. Not to mention, the Rays play indoors at home, and not always in full sun ala the Orioles, as well as rotating more players into the line-up on a daily basis than the Orioles. Both teams end the season on the road, but the Orioles are playing the string-out of seven straight division series; division games are usually the toughest, imo. Despite history not being on their side, advantage Rays down-the-stretch.

  2. David Spenn says:

    BTW - To keep things in perspective. Since June 22nd the Rays have gained ground on every team except for the Orioles and Angels, and haven't lost any ground on any team in the AL:

    (Games gained)
    Yankees - 5
    Mariners - 1.5
    Royals - 3.5 (despite losing the recent series)
    Indians - 2
    Twins - 5 (Whom we play next after the break, and have the opportunity to pass)
    Rangers - 9.5
    Red Sox - 4.5
    White Sox - 3
    Astros - 5.5
    Blue Jays - 5.5

    If they Rays are gaining, in the next two weeks, and are six out by the 31st I believe you hang-onto price. Who's to say we can't get players in exchange for Price that we can plug in and still continue to do well? I think Colome has Cy Young type stuff IF he learns to control the zone better.

  3. Joe Dunn says:

    My fear was before, and remains to be, that the bats will go cold in the playoffs vs. top notch (and motivated) pitching. Latest example was last week vs. Shields.

    Ugh - - - completely dominated.

  4. David Spenn says:

    I saw that Olney has picked-up on the Orioles tough schedule as well ranking the O's second half schedule as the toughest of all the contenders. Couple the strength of schedule with fewer days-off, and it's even a tougher gauntlet. If the Rays get off to a hot start in the 2nd Half.....look-out, History. He has Seattle ranked fifth, btw. If Baltimore does well enough to win the division I will certainly tip my cap to them. I still believe the Rays have a good chance at this, despite the math, and even at our lowest point of 18 games under .500 three weeks ago when everyone had basically jumped ship. We shall see though, and the Rays have to prove it one game at a time as they say.....

  5. David Spenn says:

    1. (most difficult second-half schedule): Baltimore Orioles
    Home/away: 32 games at home; 36 on the road.
    Games against teams with records of .500 or better: 42
    Schedule notes: With the rest of the division something of a mess, the Orioles appear to have a great opportunity to win the AL East. But they will be challenged right out of the All-Star break: 10 straight games against the AL West beasts, beginning with Oakland, then the Angels and Mariners. Then, as a topper, they go back home and play the Angels and Mariners again, followed by a makeup game in Washington. In fact, Baltimore's first 26 games after the All-Star break -- yes, that's twenty-six -- are against teams with records of .500 or better. Brutal.
    Big finish: Not only are most of the Orioles' games on the road in the second half, and not only do they have to play tough teams, but their last seven games are on the road, with four games at Yankee Stadium and three in Toronto.

    5. Seattle Mariners
    Home/away: 31 games at home; 36 on the road.
    Games against teams with records of .500 or better: 38
    Schedule notes: The Mariners' travel is inherently more difficult, given their geographic location, but never more than in the second half of this season, when they'll make three separate trips to the Eastern time zone. This includes a late-season 11-game swing that has the M's going from Seattle to Anaheim to Houston to Toronto, then back home. Good luck with that.
    Big finish: The Mariners' final three games are at home against the Angels.

  6. David Spenn says:

    "My fear was before, and remains to be, that the bats will go cold in the playoffs vs. top notch (and motivated) pitching. Latest example was last week vs. Shields.
    Ugh – - – completely dominated."

    Shields will make most teams look-like that....he did it for the Rays. The Rays have beaten some of the best pitchers in the game (Wacha, Sanchez, Porcello, and down the list).


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