The biggest name being floating around as we head to the MLB trade deadline seems to be Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Entering into Saturday’s action the Rays are in last place in the AL East with a 42-53 record. The Rays are 10.5 out of first place in the AL East and 10 back in the loss column behind the 2nd wild card team in the Mariners. Unless a big winning streak happens immediately the Rays would consider trading David Price.
The Price Would Be High:
Even though David Price is under team control for Tampa only through next season and Price will get a huge arbitration number this off-season (3rd time arbitration – it will be over 15 Million), the Rays want a lot back in a trade. This is not a situation where the Rays are saying we can’t afford him in the immediate future so we are going to take the best offer we can get. Not at all, the Rays will not trade David Price unless they get a big package or a big future player who is ready for the majors soon. The Cubs trade with the A’s that sent Hammel and Samardzija to Oakland but netted one of the best prospects in baseball in Addison Russell reaffirms the Rays belief. Continue reading
Contending teams should be very please that Tampa Bay is struggling as bad as they are this year so far. As it stands now, the Rays will surely be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline and they will some very attractive potential trade bait, namely ace David Price. Rumors were that they would trade him in the offseason and now that they stand at 24-41, which is the worst record in baseball, it would stand to reason that they would look to deal him while he still has over a year remaining on his contract to increase the haul they would receive.
The Mariners were heavily rumored to be interested in him this offseason, and they would make sense as a trade partner if they can continue to hang in the AL West race. Even though Price is clearly their most prized trade chip, they also have other pieces that they might be willing to deal that can be very helpful to a contender. Ben Zobrist, specifically comes to mind. His versatility would be a welcome addition to a lot of teams. Continue reading
I know, the Tampa Bay Rays are currently in a mini-tailspin but don’t worry the team is set up for a big September. The schedule to close out the season is daunting with games against every division opponent and four games against the Texas Rangers, who are fighting for a playoff spot of their own.
The AL Wild Card game is on October 2nd and unless the Red Sox suffer another September meltdown the Rays look to be heading for that Wild Card game.
Tampa Bay is 2-8 over their last 10 ballgames and the West Coast swing can be the easy explanation for the Rays’ woes of late.
The weakened pitching staff and frigid bats didn’t help either but a healthy pitching staff and the return of a former first pick will ignite the Rays playoff push.
As of today Tampa Bay trails the Red Sox by 5.5 games but are still leading the second wild card spot by 2.5 games. With 26 games to play expect the bats to come alive once again and lead the team into the postseason. Continue reading