Corey Seager

Corey Seager

Jon Heyman is the latest to weigh-in on David Price and all the players other teams should not give up for one of the best pitchers in baseball.

“The Dodgers have a handful of the most elite prospects in the game, as usual, and word is that the Rays have suggested they’d like “most of them” if they were to consider trading [Price]…It’s hard to know exactly what “most of them” means, but if it means trading two of the Dodgers’ consensus top three prospects — brilliant hitting shortstop Corey Seager, 17-year-old wunderkind lefty Julio Urias and athletic center fielder Joc Pederson — they should pass…And if it means just Seager, one of the very best hitters in minor-league baseball, the Dodgers should pass, too…If there’s anything more precious than prospects in the game, it’s prospects who can hit.”

You know what else is rare? The opportunity to replace your fifth starter with one of the best pitcher’s in baseball.

It is also unclear when the Rays “suggested” what they wanted or to whom they suggested it.

But at the end of the day the Rays are probably going to want two of those three prospects and if the Dodgers don’t want to give them up, they won’t get Price. It is that simple.

The Rays only need one team to let go of their top prospects. And just like the Matt Garza deal and the James Shields deal, eventually somebody is going to say “OK.” And it is easy to imagine that more teams are interested this time.

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  1. Matt says:

    I always love when sports writers or fans automatically assume that their top prospects are sure-fire talents and that nothing can be given to pry them away. While some prospects have much higher capability than others, you can never assume they will be the real deal. I think many dodgers fans are still burned that they traded carlos santana to cleveland for 3 months of casey blake. A lot of dodger prospects are questionable. Julio Urias is only 17, and while he's pitched very well, you just never know how a young arm will hold up. Look at Hultzen from the mariners. Last year he was their #2 prospect, this year he had reconstructive shoulder surgery.

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  2. Steve says:

    Heyman you're just a frickin writer!! What do you know,to what teams should give up to get for a pitcher the caliber of Price?

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    • ken says:

      Totally agree. These ESPN types have no business making reckless statements, Rosenthal included. Hopefully Baseball execs are more astute than to listen to these skells.

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  3. Casey says:

    Hahn is pretty darn good for San Diego...is rays front office a little slow developing pitchers? We rarely trade away prospects but for someone they weren't pushing very hard it seems fishy that he is major league ready. Are we missing out on talent because of our minor league development programs? Why is Keirmaier hitting more home runs than ever in the majors? Hopefully they're not indicative of an organizational problem but it sure looks like it when we have so many young pitchers disappear from our system and there are no homers or power numbers to be found in the minors. I think Cork you need to investigate this.

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  4. JMN says:

    A pitcher of Price's caliber in the prime of his career going on the market is rare. Teams that need pitching who have the money to pay Price should be jumping at the opportunity to give up their 2 top prospects for him. Price is the real deal, prospects are unproven.

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