For years the Tampa Bay Rays Andrew Friedman, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations has earned the reputation of being great at making the big deal happen.
In December of 2012 the Rays sent James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis to Kansas City for top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi along with two other minor leaguers.
It was a great trade as Myers paid instant dividends and the other farm hands are almost ready to be on the big club.
But yesterday as the clock wound down on the Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Rays ended up trading “All World,” star left handed pitcher David Price for some mid level prospects.
You have to feel that Friedman could have worked out a deal that would have sent Price to Oakland and landed Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick.
But that deal was done by Boston a day earlier as they sent ace pitcher Jon Lester, who like Price will be a free agent at the end of the year and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for the power hitting outfielder who has a contract that goes through 2015 and it is always good to have an extra draft choice.
The Red Sox get a better deal for Lester than the Rays get for Price?
There were other deals to be made with Price out there as a mater of fact the Marlins landed a real outstanding young pitcher in Jarred Cosart from the Astros who scouts tell me is going to a solid MLB starter for many years to come.
The Rays did land some of the interesting prospects that Friedman feels will help the team. But they fell far short of what he should have gotten for one of the best power pitchers in baseball.
When you ask for a “Kings Ransom,” like Friedman did sometimes you end up getting what is left. A point that was well documented by my Sports Talk Florida collegue Steve Kinsella who does a great job of breaking down the trade in his column this morning that I suggest you read.
The trade also got some bad reviews from baseball experts who like me felt it was too little to late for the Rays.
Bleacher Report Baseball writer Jacob Shafer thought the deal was lacking. ESPN’s Buster Olney is quoted in the B/R column as wondering, “If the Rays could have done better by trading Price before the season.”
In the end David Price will get that World Series ring he and everyone the Bay Area wanted to see him get —the problem is it will be in Detroit.