Monday, October 7, 2013
What's the Price tag for Tampa Bay?
By AJ Mass
Could David Price have pitched his last game in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform? If the Rays are unable to come back from a 2-0 deficit in their playoff series with the Boston Red Sox, that answer may be yes.
Over the weekend, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote about the potential for David Price to be traded this offseason, raising several good points, including the fact that arbitration may bring the pitcher's salary to a hefty $15 million, and that the Rays have recently made a habit out of trading pitchers at this stage of their careers. Case in point, both Matt Garza and James Shields were sent packing when both were two years away from free agency, as Price will be once Tampa Bay's 2013 season is over.
As for where Price might end up if the Rays do decide to shop their pitcher? It's going to have to be a prospect-heavy package in return, similar to (if not greater than) the one that brought Wil Myers to the team from the Royals last season. The Texas Rangers would likely have to include Jurickson Profar in any deal, while the Arizona Diamondbacks could build an offer around Archie Bradley.
ESPN.com's Buster Olney has also suggested that Price might be on the market sooner rather than later, and adds the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets as other potential landing spots for the 2012 Cy Young winner.
However, the Chicago Cubs might be the odds-on favorite if they decide to join the fray. They have an abundance of talent at the minor league level to offer up and could well choose to promote their current minor league pitching coordinator, Derek Johnson, to the major league level to reunite with Price. Johnson was Price's college pitching coach at Vanderbilt, and presumably would be an advocate for pulling the trigger on a Price trade.