Could David Price be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015?


With the Detroit Tigers not having any conversations during the offseason with David Price about a long-term contract, according to Jon Morosi, it is possible that the pitcher could be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals by the July trade deadline.

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Price to the Cardinals saw a lot of chatter this year but ultimately, the Cardinals decided to trade both Joe Kelly and Allen Craig in exchange for John Lackey and Corey Littrell from the Boston Red Sox. That’s not to say that such a move to get Price won’t happen. If he’s not locked up to a long-term extension, the smart money would say that Tigers President/CEO/General Manager David Dombrowski would want as much back as possible for Price rather than just a compensation draft pick the following year.

Price is in his third year of being eligible for arbitration and will be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. In seven seasons, Price has posted a 86-51 record with a 3.21 ERA.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Joe Strauss made some comments over the radio on Monday and followed up on Wednesday while appearing on The Ryan Kelley Morning After.

"“I’m not saying they’re actively engaged with the Tigers for the guy. My theory is (Max Scherzer) will end up going back to Detroit and the Tigers won’t have the flexibility to do something with Price if they want to add somebody they can control perhaps long term,” Strauss said. “That could take Price elsewhere. That’s just my opinion, not something I’m aware that’s ongoing.”"

Strauss still isn’t sold on the future success of Carlos Martinez as a starter with the Cardinals. Appearing mostly as a reliever during the 2014 campaign, Martinez was 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA. The Dominican Republic native appeared in 57 games, seven of which were games that he started.

"“I still think the Cardinals could upgrade their pitching,” he said. “I know a lot of people are really hot for Carlos Martinez. I’ll believe Carlos Martinez is in this rotation when I see him out there on the fifth day of the season next year. I just think there is something possible that might change that.”"

Martinez has the edge over Marco Gonzales in being that fifth starter come Spring Training.

There is no doubt that Price would look impressive in a Cardinals uniform. Whether or not something actually happens remains to be seen.