CBS Sports Jon Heyman was told by a Tampa Rays source that they are "talking and willing" to trade starter David Price. The source said " We'll see if any teams have the desire." Heyman was told by GM's in the American League that they believe that Tampa GM, Andrew Friedman "has the guts to deal Price."
The Rays have been playing much better since the All-Star break and many people believed that Tampa would shy away from a Price deal. With the improved play, the Rays have positioned themselves with a legitimate shot at the playoffs. But Heyman was told that baseball executives believe that Friedman may prefer to make a deal, even more now and is not afraid to pull the trigger. The questions all along have been, if the Rays would trade Price to a division rival. The Rays have made it clear, that they are looking for the best package for Price and are willing to deal within the division.
The Yankees who have a reputation for not having enough pieces to pull off a trade for player of Price's stature, actually have enough to get a deal done. With Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez and Peter O'Brien, the Yankees have the prospects to anchor a deal for a player of Price's caliber. Of course a big question is if the Yankees are willing to include a top tier young player, such as Dellin Betances in a deal for Price.
USA Today's Bob Nightingale has suggested that the St. Louis Cardinals have already offered top prospect Oscar Taveras and starting pitcher Shelby Miller. Nightengale hinted that the Rays may be looking for more in a deal for Price. Fox Sports Jon Morosi reported that the Rays are planning to start Price on Wednesday afternoon, "barring a dramatic turn" in trade talks.
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