David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays jumped right to the top of the wish list for a number of teams when the Rakuten Golden Eagles decided not to post the contract of righty Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka was supposedly headed to the U.S. after posting a perfect 24-0 record this past season. Several other arms are right behind Price are former Ray Matt Garza and Ervin Santana, both right-handers.
So, what would it take to get the Rays to part ways with Price? Probably more than one player, with on being a strong pitching prospect, and an offensive player who can bring some punch to the lineup or strengthen the team up the middle. Of course, the reason for Price to be on the market is that he will command too much cash for the Rays when he enters free agency. Based on that omnipresent fact, I wouldn’t expect any trade to include a known name, especially in regard to a in regard to a pitcher.
It’s still early in the hot stove league, and it’s already tedious thinking of all the possibilities that revolve around Price. Everyone in Tampa wishes he could stay. He’s a good guy, great in the community, fan-friendly, and of course, he can pitch a little bit. All those add up to the Rays getting what they’re after should a deal be struck. And should the big southpaw have to pack his bags, I’m still planning to follow his career, both on the field, and on twitter.
• In some off-the-field news, Jaime Edmondson and Evan Longoria are officially engaged. Congratulations to Jaime, Evan, and of course, daughter Elle. And speaking of twitter, Jaime’s a great follow.
• DH Luke Scott is headed to South Korea after two injury-plagued seasons in Tampa Bay. He left on a classy note.
• Tropicana Field is in improvement mode, with a 360 degree walk-around for fans.
Have a wonderful, safe holiday season. Football will be over before we know it, and baseball isn’t too far around the corner. The Rays shared the photo included above today to close their 12 Rays of Christmas feature.
Hope you can enjoy family and friends over Christmas & New Year’s Day.