Jul 13, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcherDavid Price
(14) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
It’s that time of the year, pending free agents in the headlines and talk of which teams are buyers or sellers; the trade deadline is approaching!
One of this year’s coveted assets is 2012 Cy Young Award winning pitcher, David Price.
What will it take for Tampa Bay to deal Price? Probably too much from a team like Milwaukee, but its fun to hope and hey, you never know, this is the same team (and ownership) that got CC Sabathia when many other teams were in pursuit.
For today let’s forget about what it would take; instead, here are four reasons the Brewers should consider trading for David Price.
1. PRICE BEATS CURRENT OPTIONS
Essentially, adding Price to the rotation removes home run king Marco Estrada and keeps Jimmy Nelson waiting in the weeds which appears to be the Brewers’ preference on dealing with Nelson this season. The starting rotation becomes Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta and David Price with Estrada providing depth in case of injury.
2. KEEPS BULLPEN DEPTH
The Brewers also have two starting candidates currently pitching out of their bullpen in Tyler Thornburg and Will Smith. Nagging injuries (Thornburg) and recent inconsistencies (Smith) aside, both appear capable of stepping into the number five spot; however, this would weaken a strong bullpen. Bringing in someone like Price keeps the Brewers bullpen depth.
3. THE CARDINALS RUMOR
Apparently the St. Louis Cardinals are kicking the tires on Price (source: Internet Bloggers) and considering a move for him. This would be the worst. The best defensive play of the year could be blocking this deal.
4. CHANGE IS GOOD
Prior to regular season there wasn’t a lot of optimism around this club and then Matt Garza was signed. Suddenly the Brewers were at least being considered for the playoffs. Players also cited the Garza signing as a reason to be excited.
Again, the price for Price (pun absolutely intended) is probably too steep, but you never know if you don’t ask.
Hey, maybe Tampa Bay is secretly infatuated with Mike Fiers.