MLB Trade Rumors: David Price
The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to trade David Price before the trade deadline in exchange for either a younger pitcher or a couple players to be named later. A deal involving Price will give the Rays several prospects in a three-for-one or four-for-one deal.
A couple American League teams that may be looking for pitching over the next several weeks are teams who are currently in contention for the playoffs.
1) Los Angeles Angels: the Angels are currently 38-32 and five games behind the first place Oakland Athletics in the American League West. They have scored the third highest total runs in the American League with Mike Trout & Albert Pujols each with 16 home runs. They certainly have an offense with enough playoff potential but their pitching is average at best.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Angels DH C.J. Cron & second baseman Alex Yarbrough, who the Angels selected from the second round in the 2012 draft would be the most likely player involved in the deal. The Angels need pitching more than hitting, so it would be ideal for both the Angels & Rays to make a trade involving Price, Cron & Yarbrough.
The Rays can alternate Cron with DH Jerry Sands & develop Yarbrough into an elite second baseman behind Ben Zobrist, while the Angels could add Price to their starting rotation as a second left-hander to go along with C.J. Wilson.
2) Toronto Blue Jays: likewise to the Angels, the Blue Jays are looking for one elite starting pitcher to further anchor their staff & give them a chance at the Eastern Division Title. If the Blue Jays can get Price, their starting rotation goes Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, Price & Drew Hutchinson, increasing their chances to not only make the playoffs but have success during the month of October.
What is in it for the Rays? Bowden believes that Aaron Sanchez would be the best fit: “Sanchez needs to work on his command and control, and though he doesn’t have Cy Young potential, he would fit in nicely with Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer as the Rays build their future rotation.”