Coming off winning the second Cy Young award of his career, Clayton Kershaw’s 2014 season got off to an ominous start.

The left-hander took the mound in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first game and struck out seven in 6.2 innings as the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks rung in the season in Australia. Kershaw was then placed on the disabled list and missed roughly six weeks.

Kershaw went 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA in his first five starts after coming off the DL. Then June came and Kershaw has gone 8-0 in eight starts with a 0.74 ERA, 80 strikeouts and a 41-inning scoreless streak.

Despite the astounding stats, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny selected Adam Wainwright as the National League’s starter for the All-Star Game. When asked to compare the two NL pitchers, Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price gave the nod to Kershaw, according to Bill Shaikin:

Being considered the best pitcher in baseball is a conversation Price has been mentioned in, but his name has more frequently be associated with trade rumors. Eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season, Price indicated there hasn’t been much talk recently on his contractual status:

Dating back to the off-season, the Dodgers have been linked to Price, but general manager Ned Colletti again expressed the team’s reluctance to trade away numerous elite prospects in exchange for Price or Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Price trade rumors heated up as the Rays began to slip in the AL East standings, but they’ve since managed to gain some ground and are 9.5 games back of the first-place Baltimore Orioles.

With the non-waiver trade deadline now just 17 days away, Price should soon learn his fate for this season.
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