May 24, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Image Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Could the St. Louis Cardinals trade for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price?


In a Saturday column on his ESPN Insider blog, senior writer Buster Olney wonders if the St. Louis Cardinals would make a deal for a pitcher such as David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Olney writes:

The key question would be: If St. Louis actually sought a big-time starter, who would that be and would he be accessible? The Cubs would have to get a huge package in return to make a deal for Jeff Samardzija, and, although David Price would be a significant acquisition, would St. Louis deal for a pitcher who will be looking for a deal in the $140 million-plus range?

The talk during the offseason was that if any team made a move for Price, it would be the Chicago Cubs. Don’t get me wrong, I like Price and think he would make a great addition to any staff, especially the Cardinals. But the question is, do the Cardinals go after a pitcher of his talent when they have so much talent coming up the pipeline (as Bernie Miklasz noted on Friday)? Is it worth making such an acquisition when Price would be looking for somewhere north of $130 million when he files as a free agent during the offseason?

Essentially, it comes down to whether or not the Cardinals would risk trading several players for Price only to potentially end up with a compensation draft pick in the end. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t make the move unless I was guaranteed that Price would resign with the team.

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  • SteveF

    Alot of other teams need pitching more than St.Louis

    • Alex Rodman

      But a pitcher could help the cardinals in the long run.

    • Lee A. Peart

      Who cares about other teams Steve go read your own teams news articles

  • Aaron Somers

    You wouldn’t make a move unless he’s guaranteed to re-sign, but you give no indication at all what you’d be willing to give up for him. I don’t know. The discussion doesn’t seem finished.

    • Lee

      no chance on it happening

  • Robert Keller Jenkins

    This is the dumbest article I think I have ever read. The cardinals do not need pitching, and have 2-3 Cy Young Caliber pitchers on hand to begin with, with years of cost control.

    • Lee

      while I do agree that really the Cards don’t need pitching.. it would still be nice to get Price simply to have him on an already strong starting rotation. you could put him in the number 3 spot and move Garcia to the pen where his arm won’t fall off. I do agree there are so many options for the Cards though, if I were GM I would go after a legit power hitter for 1st base.

  • Art Vandalay

    I don’t even know why this is being discussed…first off, what was Buster Olney drinking when he wrote that, and second, why would you report that out? No chance it happens. Write about something original.

  • WillGio

    For the right price. Wacha and Wainwright are the only pitchers in the rotation that I think give you a win almost every time out. Lynn, Garcia, Miller, Lyons all fluctuate between great and terrible.

    If he costs too much then no it’s not worth it, but it wouldn’t hurt adding a pitcher like that.