With the recent news that CC Sabathia could miss the rest of the season and Michael Pineda looking like a late season addition at best, the New York Yankees are faced with a desperate need for starting pitching. With Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija no longer on the market, now is the time for the Yankees to trade for Tampa's David Price.
Price is not like most pitchers on the market, because he is a legitimate ace at age 28 and a proven winner. The question is, will Tampa trade him to the Yankees and do the Yankees have what it takes to get him? The answer is yes and yes, if the price is right (no pun intended). The Rays would be looking for a prospect package, anchored by at least one young proven major leaguer. Believe it or not, the Yankees do have the pieces to get a deal done, but a lot would have to go right.
The Ray's can't afford to sign the 2012 Cy Young Award winner and they know that the clock is ticking. ESPN's Jim Bowden had this to say on Price being dealt.
The Rays know the best time to trade Price is now; the return won't be as high this offseason or next July. So it's only a matter of time before he is dealt to the highest bidder.
The Yankees would have to offer a package that includes reliever Dellin Betances and their top tier prospects. They could woo Price by putting a package together that includes Betances and prospects in the deal. ESPN's Bowden offered three prospects the Yankees could offer Tampa; Catcher Gary Sanchez, right-handed pitcher Luis Severino and Catcher/DH Peter O'Brien.
As many obstacles that stand in the Yankees way, the reality is that the Rays can't afford to keep Price. The biggest obstacle will be getting Tampa to deal within their division. The truth is they may not have a choice.
As many teams that are looking for pitching this season, the market for front line starters is pretty thin."For example, in the National League, teams such as the Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, 'Giants, Dodgers and Nationals all have enough pitching at the top that they have no reason to empty their farm system to acquire Price," Bowden said.
With everything lining up, the Yankees could get a deal done for Price before the July 31st deadline. Trading prospects and youth is nothing new for the Yankees, but getting Price at age 28, is definitely worth the gamble.
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