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MLB Trade Rumors: David Price’s Preferred Trade Destination is Atlanta Braves, not New York Yankees

July 16th, 2014 at 4:41 PM
By Doug Rush

With 15 days to go until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline for baseball, many have wondered where All Star pitcher David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays will land.

With the New York Yankees need for pitching, some have wondered if they would have the actual pieces needed in order to land the Rays ace lefty, and even though Tampa has said they would be willing to trade within the division, a trade for Price from Tampa to New York seems unlikely.

In fact, if it were up to Price, it sure sounds like he would prefer to stay within the southeast of the country, as he is from Tennessee, which means the Atlanta Braves would be the preferred destination for him, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported.

"Rumor has it that if the Rays were to deal him, he'd most prefer the Atlanta Braves, which is the team closest to Tennessee, and that he'd least prefer teams that are far away. Geography seems to count for Price. Price's agent Bo McKinnis was quoted by Ken Rosenthal of FOXsports.com at the winter meetings saying that Price wouldn't sign a longterm extension if the Seattle Mariners were to acquire him. Reminded of that here, Price declined to comment."
 
A few weeks ago, Price did say that he could see himself being traded to the Yankees and would accept a trade there, but again, the Rays hold the power to accept a trade for their lefty ace and former Cy Young winner.
 
Heading into the All Star break, Price was 9-7 record, a 3.23 ERA and 164 strikeouts on the season and is looked at as the prize of the trade market this month. Teams like the Mariners, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Orioles have been looked at as potential trade suitors as well for Price, but from the hints that Price has been dropping, it looks like he has a preference on where he wants to play.
 
So if he is going to leave the Rays, a place and team he said he would love to stay at, Atlanta may be the place he'd want to go to and not the Bronx.
 

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