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Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays are now 41-50, 8.5 games behind the Orioles. They are also a half-game ahead of the Red Sox and are not in last place for the first time since May 27. However, an important point to keep in mind: The Rays are still 10 games back in the loss column in both the division and the Wild Card. The Rays can add wins. They cannot subtract losses…David Price was named to the AL All-Star team and Jake McGee was not. It seems unlikely at this point, but if Price is traded in the next 7 days, the Rays would likely be without an All-Star at this year’s game. One possibility is if Price is traded to a NL team *cough* Cards *cough*. In that scenario, it is likely that Price would be replaced by McGee on the roster…Speaking of dealing Price, ESPN’s Buster Olney said the Rays appear to be leaning towards keeping Price for another week and then assessing their position at the All-Star break.  That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t trade him if somebody called with the right offer, but it sounds like they have dialed down their own aggression at this point. Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com says the Rays are willing to deal Price within the division, which is no surprise. It would be dumb to say any different and remove teams and lower the demand. Economics 101. Morosi also names 4 teams that are possible landing spots, the same 4 teams we keep hearing the most: Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, and Cardinals. Ken Rosenthal adds an interesting little nugget to the Dodgers’ interest saying they may have extra motivation because of their current television situation in which their games are blacked out to 70% of people in LA. Adding Price could put pressure on both sides to get a deal done.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, SS
  3. Matt Joyce, LF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, DH
  6. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  7. Sean Rodriguez, 1B
  8. Ryan Hanigan, C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, RF
  10. Jake Odorizzi, SP

 

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  1. David Spenn says:

    Not likely, but the Orioles still have three games to make-up, and the Rays could only be seven games back in the loss column. The Rays can really put pressure on the Orioles with a sustained two week stretch. The Orioles are without their All Star Catcher for the remainder of the year, and Cruz can't sustain the pace he's had all year. Grant it, Davis can't be as bad can he? Either way, test them both for PED's. Hopefully the O's will run into a number of rainouts and PED distractions. :)

    Let's put on our Shields and get a win tonight!

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  2. Jay says:

    Do you think we could pry away
    Taijuan Walker
    Nick Franklin
    DJ Peterson from the Ms

    For David Price?

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  3. J 2.0 says:

    @Jay

    That is not a good trade for Price IMO. The best trade for Price is with the Dodgers for Joc Pederson and Corey Seager. And if the DOdgers have motivation to trade for Price, he is definitely worth those 2 chips.

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