Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) pitches 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: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

David Price's Market Heats Up


The Tampa Bay Rays are surveying the market to determine what kind of package they could get for David Price. The 28-year-old Price is thought to be on the wish-list of several teams including – you guessed it – the Seattle Mariners.

According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, the Mariners are a strong candidate to get Price, especially if they sign Robinson Cano first, because they could put together a very attractive offer.

The Mariners are thought to be considering adding Taijuan Walker to the list of players that would be added to a potential deal. According to Passan:

Packaging him (Walker) along with a young middle infielder (Nick Franklin or Brad Miller) and other prospects would constitute a difficult-to-top offer – and give the Mariners a rotation of Price, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the best 1-2-3 in the major leagues.

In six big league seasons, Price is 71-39 with a 3.19 ERA in just under 1,000 innings. He led the AL in K/BB ratio in 2013 (5.59) and won the 2012 AL Cy Young Award.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays are all thought to be interested in a trade for David Price.

It’s unclear how this potential trade would affect the Mariners chances of trading for Matt Kemp. With Franklin and Walker most likely being involved for Price, would a package of James Paxton, Stefen Romero and another prospect be god enough to land Kemp?

The Winter Meetings begin Monday Dec. 9. If the past two days are any indication, it is going to be a wild ride in Orlando next week. Stay tuned.

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  • Matthew Seto

    According to Ryan Divish, the Rays have checked out a bunch of Mariners in advanced scouting. (Ackley, Miller, Franklin, Walker, Paxton).
    It’s purely speculation, but giving up more than one of these prospects is a pretty high price to pay. Especially considering Price only has a few years left on contract.

    On the other hand, for David Price, you have to roll out the red carpet.

    Baseball is really exciting right now, every time I check my twitter something else has blown up. It’s like playing catchup 30 times a day.

  • JJ Allen Keller

    Man, even Walker by himself for two years of Price is tough. Not saying he will be as good, but I think I prefer Walker over the next couple years. Could be close in production, while making up the difference in affordability and club control.

  • Jeff

    good god, a combination of price and kemp trade pieces make me want to vomit… if the asking price in either deal is Walker or Paxton, no deal, not enough depth around the target pieces. Z should really proceed cautiously and realistically. If he wants to bring in multiple free agents and jack up the payroll where the roster has more talent, then one of these 2 deals (not both), or a lesser cost to trade for someone like Ethier, makes sense.

  • tedsfrozenhead

    Walker should just be put on a no trade list, unless we are talking about Stanton…and he is not available.

    • CharlieSpencer-Davis

      I honestly don’t know if I could continue being a supportive Ms fan if we traded Walker this offseason.

  • MrBippies

    I will be furious if Walker is traded away. Trading him away is about as close as you can get to trading away the long term future of this team.