Thursday, October 10, 2013
Potential landing spots if Price is traded
By AJ Mass
In the past few years, the Tampa Bay Rays have traded both Matt Garza and James Shields when those pitchers were still two seasons away from free agency. That's part of the reason why David Price thinks he could be wearing a different uniform next season.
"If you go with what's been done in the past, I guess you're going to have to think you're going to get traded," Price told Tampa writers on a conference call Wednesday night.
The Shields trade last offseason brought back Wil Myers in return, and it's likely that any team looking to trade for Price will have to offer up at least one top-notch, major league-ready prospect in a potential swap. Interested teams will also have to be willing and able to pay the arbitration-eligible Price's salary, which could be upwards of $25 million over the next two years.
So which teams would be most willing and able? Well, we doubt the Rays would be willing to send Price to a division rival, so even though the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees might be able to afford adding another multi-millionaire to the payroll, it's suspect as to whether the Rays would even listen. Here, however, are a few trade partners that could come calling this winter:
- Texas Rangers: They'd probably have to give up Jurickson Profar in order to enter the discussion here, but by allowing Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski to leave via free agency, there certainly would be more than enough money on hand for the Rangers to add Price to their rotation, either as an upgrade from Matt Garza or alongside his former Tampa Bay teammate.
- Arizona Diamondbacks: General manager Kevin Towers has said he wants the kind of pitcher who will defend his teammates on the mound and Price, who called out David Ortiz when he admired his playoff home run a bit too much for the pitcher's liking, seems to fit the bill there. The question is whether or not the team would be willing to part with Archie Bradley, who is expected to challenge for a spot in the rotation next spring.
- Chicago Cubs: Here's a team with an abundance of talent at the minor league level to tempt the Rays with, including Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Albert Almora. Plus, depending on who ends up as manager, the Cubs might choose to promote current minor league pitching coordinator and Price's college pitching coach at Vanderbilt, Derek Johnson, to the major league level for a reunion. Johnson could well be an advocate for pulling the trigger on a deal.
- New York Mets: Losing Matt Harvey for the season leaves behind a huge hole in the Mets' rotation, and Price is certainly one of the few pitchers who could fill it. The issues is whether or not the organization wants to give up either Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero. Quite frankly, they might have to package both young pitchers and then some in order to seal the deal, which seems unlikely. However, another possibility is for the Mets to throw one of them into a three-way deal that might not yield them David Price, but perhaps a far more coveted big bat like Giancarlo Stanton, and Price simply moves across the state to the Miami Marlins? OK, that seems quite unlikely ... but stranger things have happened.