Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price (14) delivers a pitch during the first inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The Tampa Bay Rays are currently shopping their left handed pitcher David Price. The Texas Rangers could use another arm and a lefty would be an excellent addition. With injuries to Neftali Feliz, Colby Lewis, and Matt Harrison, just to name some, the Rangers are in need of another solid starting pitcher. Since the season ended, it has been speculated that the Rays are looking to trade 28 year old pitcher.
Why are they going to let Price go? More than likely, it comes down to money. David Price made $10 million last year, which was a lot when you consider Tampa Bay only had a total pay role of $57 million.
“Tampa sells high on guys,” the official said, “and they can’t have one player making a quarter of their payroll. It’s more a matter of where than if. I would look at the Garza and Shields deals as a blueprint and add to the return, because those guys weren’t left-handed and they didn’t win the Cy Young.” (Richard Durrett – ESPNDallas.com)
Many think the Rangers are an early favorite for Price. Behind the Rangers, the Dodgers, Nationals, Cardinals and Angels are interested in Price.
If Texas Rangers fans remember, Price was the one who knocked the Rangers out of the playoffs by holding them off in game 163.
But who will the Texas Rangers have to give up to get Price? It is speculated that the Rangers might offer up some prospects such as second baseman Rougned Odor, third baseman Joey Gallo or pitcher Connor Sadzeck. Also, Jurickson Profar has been in the mix for a possible trade bait.
Any of those are totally possible. Mainly because the Texas Rangers are able afford David Price and Tampa Bay will receive players it loves, cheap top prospects and/or players.
Is Price worth it? In 2013 he had a 3.33 ERA with a record of 10 and 8. He recorded 151 strikeouts and allowed 27 walks. Price didn’t have his best year in 2013, but he’s solid, he’s a lefty and he’s healthy. All components the Texas Rangers could use. Will a trade get done in the Winter Meetings? The next few days will let us know.