Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price (14) delivers a pitch during the first inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Royals Make a Run at David Price?


Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) pitches during the first inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Stop us if the following scenario sounds familiar: The Royals, seeking to upgrade their rotation with a proven top of the rotation starter, trade a number of prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays in order to acquire a pitcher that the Rays can no longer afford. However, in this case, we are not talking about last year’s trade of Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, among others, for James Shields and Wade Davis. This time, the target would be David Price.

It has been expected that the Rays would trade Price for over a year now, due to his expected raise through arbitration this season. Yet, the Rays may have more motivation that just that pay raise. Price is owed an additional $4million in 2014 in deferred salary, which would be assumed by any team that trades for the lefty. However, even with that money due to Price, the Rays are still looking for a package that would top what they received for Shields. Getting back prospects of that caliber would certainly limit the teams that could potentially trade for Price.

Yet, even with the trade last year for Shields, the Royals could theoretically have the prospects needed to go after Price. Kyle Zimmer and Yordano Ventura both pitched as though they could be excellent starters in the near future, with there being some that feel that Zimmer could turn out to be a potential ace in his own right. Raul Mondesi, previously known as Adalberto, Cheslor Cuthbert and/or Jorge Bonifacio could also be appealing as well.

While it is thought that the Rays are likely in the market for young, controllable hitters if they move Price, they are also a team that has been built on pitching and defense. Adding additional young arms, especially if they are of the caliber that Zimmer and/or Ventura are expected to develop into, could be a sufficient starting point to see if the Rays are willing to send Price to Kansas City.

Should Ervin Santana depart via free agency, the Royals would have a large hole to fill in the rotation. Getting a pitcher the caliber of David Price would not only fill that void, but would serve to upgrade the rotation. As unlikely as it may seem for the Royals to acquire Price, the Rays may well be shopping him around. If so, it would make sense to explore the option.

The Royals already made one trade with Tampa Bay that helped change the franchise, at least for one year. Perhaps they can do revisit that plan, and acquire David Price. Even though they may not have enough to ultimately land Price, they may have enough intriguing talent to at least get a conversation started.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Royals have plenty to land Price but the prospects are more valuable now than Price would be. It would take more than a Wil Myers to get Price, would take at least two pitchers who will be in the rotation for us this year plus one or more of our top position prospects. To make a successful, self-sustaining team the prospects need to be kept and veterans traded, not vice versa.

  • DownUnderFan

    I would not give up prospects with the exception of maybe Ventura and Colon.

    Tampa is shopping for a 1st baseman and a closer as well. So offer them Butler + Holland + Ventura + Colon for Price + Zobrist. Helps them with salary and gets two of their immediate needs plus a potential replacement for Zobrist in Colon. Royals get their #2 starter (and #1 in 2015) and a solid hitting good fielding 2nd baseman who could also play 3rd if Moose continues to struggle.

    Yes, I know, Tampa will probably snub their nose at it. But I make the offer, give them a week to think it over and then if they say no, start talking to Detroit about Porcello or Seattle about Paxton and Seager. And if all else fails, go to the FA market as I think there will be many starters still looking for homes can get for a one year filler.

    Only problem with that is if Shields leaves in 2015, who is the Ace. Guess Moore can worry about that next winter…that is if he is still around.