The Tampa Bay Rays may seek to trade pitcher David Price by the deadline to a team such as the St. Louis Cardinals.
Or they might not. Honestly, nobody really knows whether they will be buyers or sellers. The Rays are 7-3 in their last ten and have won four straight games but they are still 8.5 games out in the American League East Division. The Baltimore Orioles, as of now, stand the best chance to win the AL East.
It was a typical day for Price yesterday: eight innings, four hits, nine strikeouts. Will it be enough for him to stay with the Rays or be traded to a contender like the Cardinals?
On Price, Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo writes this morning:
The Cardinals have shown interest but would want a financial commitment, according to a major league source.
In the Tampa Bay Times, Rays beat writer Marc Topkin writes:
It’s intriguing that the Rays set up their rotation for David Price to not pitch this week against the Cardinals, who are among those interested (and have the prospects, led by OF Oscar Taveras).
Ironically, the teams that could use David Price the most are the teams that lost or need offense. Look at the Cardinals, who are minus Yadi’s production and fighting through a rough Allen Craig season, or the Mariners, dead last in the AL in wOBA.
Time will certainly tell where Price lands up.