Tampa Bay Rays David Price Trade to Seattle a Possibility

Tampa Bay Rays

As the Rays finally find their groove and continue to march toward respectability, the reality of economics and the trade deadline loom over the joyful feeling of playing well. Last night’s 5 – 1 win over the Minnesota Twins showed the Tampa squad at their best. David Price locked down Twins hitters with only four hits scattered over eight innings and the Rays hitters produced 13 hits, including a two-run shot by Sean Rodriguez. The happiness felt by Tampa Bay fans could be interrupted by the harsh slap of reality because the Rays remain 8.5 games out in the AL East and seven games behind in the wild card race. A deal involving Tampa Bay Rays ace left-hander David Price remains very likely and the Seattle Mariners appear to be a strong possibility as the landing spot for Price and perhaps also Ben Zobrist.

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg allowed General Manager Andrew Friedman to push the club’s payroll past $80 million this season as everyone in the organization expected the club to contend for the post season. Although the Rays have played at a playoff level in July, going 10 – 4 thus far, the horrendous start to the season hangs like a dead weight on any playoff aspirations. With the club always lagging in attendance and revenues, pushing the payroll past $80 million only adds up if the team looks to be a decent bet for a post season slot. The Rays still have a slim chance, but weighing that slim chance against the reality of losing Price after next season without a harvest of prospects from a trade does not seem wise. The Tampa Bay Rays cannot afford to keep David Price after next season and they likewise cannot afford to let him sign elsewhere without something in return; therefore, a deadline deal involving Price looks inevitable and a possible trade to Seattle could help both clubs.

Seattle finds itself in a playoff battle in the now difficult AL West. The club currently sits in the second wild card position behind the potent Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels. After breaking the bank to sign 2B Robinson Cano, the Mariners need to win now to make the most out of their sizable investment. They currently field a strong pitching staff with ace Felix Hernandez and Hisahi Iwakuma at the top. Nevertheless, they could use a second ace to truly become a team built for playoff success. The best post season teams have two ace starters. While Iwakuma may be able to fill that role, Price is a definite second ace.

The linchpin of any trade between the Rays and the Mariners is Taijuan Walker. As with any trade of a gifted prospect, the Mariners must consider the MLB potential of the youngster against the reward for obtaining Price, perhaps on a rental basis if he does not wish to remain in Seattle after next season. The Rays are likely to demand Walker plus another top prospect such as 3B D.J. Peterson or hurler James Paxton. As an additional inducement for the M’s to make a move, the Rays might also offer up valued utility man Ben Zobrist, an All-Star in 2013.

All fans of the Tampa Bay Rays wish that budget realities could be ignored. No one wants to see David Price leave. Since the departure of James Shields, Price has been the hardworking veteran for the younger pitchers to emulate. In addition to his on the field excellence, the ace left hander is a valuable presence in the club house. If David Price must be dealt, and it appears he does, the Seattle Mariners are a strong possibility. The Seattle club could make use of Price’s considerable talents and they have the assets available to trade.

Commentary by William Costolo

Seattle PI
Rant Sports

3 Responses to "Tampa Bay Rays David Price Trade to Seattle a Possibility"

  1. karah   July 22, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Tampa Bay Rays please keep Price cause he’s the best pitcher you got and without humor will not be the same. Trade some one else. Price does one amazing and wonderful job every time he pitches. He is blessed to have a arm and that can pitch very well. Price is the best of the rest. Were ever Price goes I will fallow cause he’s amazing at what he does And ghe deserves to stay in Tampa were he belongs. I love Price. I will be very sad and angry if they trade Price. David Price fan 4 life. Price is very good and excellent at what he does. Go Rays

    • William Costolo   July 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

      I hope they keep David Price as well. He is in top form again. He was great picking apart the Twins a few nights ago. It’s a difficult choice for the team. I don’t think they can afford him next season and they will get less in return if they wait to trade him after the season is over.

  2. Karah Shepherd   July 22, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I think it will be a huge mistake if they let Price go cause he’s the best pitcher the Rays have and he’s amazing. He puts all his heart out there when he pitches. Every time he steps on the pitching mound he gives it his all. The Rays won’t be the same and the pitching will not do God. I love David Price. He’s the best pitcher in the whole MLB. I hope they can trade some one else instead of Price cause he’s the best of the best. Price fan 4 life. Go Rays

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