Re: Can Rays afford to keep Price?
posted at 11/14/2013 5:06 PM EST
In response to seannybboi's comment:
In response to garyhow's comment:
Rays a smart organization and very good chance he will be moved this off season. Dodgers are reportedly interested. Wish the RS could acquire, but doubt Rays would ever trade inside of division and possibly face him 5x a season + playoffs. But just maybe Rays are smart enough to see the RS have the young talent that the Rays would be interested in Owens/ Webster/ and a Swihart? + a couple of lesser prospects might be good enough.
True. If the Rays want to maximize the return for Price, they will trade within the division. Sox will have to pay extra to get Price. If Sox have confidence that we can extend Price before reaching FA, then Ben might be willing to part with young talents. Rays have very solid pitching prospects depth. They will likely want 2 or 3 position players and 1 solid pitching prospect. I don't see Bogaerts getting moved in the trade but the Rays do have IF holes except 3B. Longo might be moved to 1B in near future to reduce injury risk. For that specific reason, Cecchini has to be included.
My proposal for Price is
Cecchini, Bradley Jr., Betts, Vazquez, and Owens for Price and high upside low level prospect
If Sox can land Price, Bucholz or Dobront can be valuable trade asset to fill in some holes we have.
Inter-division trades are increasingly rare these days due to the unbalanced schedule and it's no secret that Rays GM Andrew Friedman pretty much won't even consider them. Throw in the fact that Ben Cherington is not a guy who likes to trade top prospects & I'd say that the odds of Price coming to Boston in a trade from Tampa Bay are less than 1%.
The Sox Front Office isn't in "desperate" mode where they would load up the farm system of a division rival, especially when it could come back to haunt them for the next decade. You also have to consider the fact that he's one player, and he could get injured. Lastly, you have to extend him at something that will be well north of 150 million. I don't see them doing that, either.