I would still contend that the Dodgers getting David Price back in their rotation is one of their best offseason moves. Price being added into the Mookie Betts deal as a way to relieve salary also seems like it’s going to be a very underrated part of that trade.
With Price back in the mix, the Dodgers project as one of the better starting rotations in all of baseball. But as it turns out, Price to the Los Angeles almost happened way before that February 2020 trade.
Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti spoke with David Price on Sports Net LA on Wednesday. In that conversation, Ned asked David if he would take this trade that former Rays’ GM asked for back in 2014. The trade offer was pretty ridiculous.
You’re gonna play general manager here for a second David. He wanted Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Urias for a young David Price. I couldn’t do it. I love those guys, I love you and I cant wait to see you pitch but you almost got here 7 years ago, we were almost buddies 7 years ago.
If you’re wondering, those 3 guys ranked out as the Dodgers’ top 3 prospects back in 2014. Pederson made his debut that season and Corey Seager would debut the year after that. Price was still at the peak of his game back then, and the Rays ended up landing a few Major League ready players from the Tigers and Mariners.
Now 7 years later, Andrew Friedman is working as the Dodgers GM and acquired Price in a deal mostly as an afterthought. But getting DP back into the mix after a year off of pitching could prove to be huge for LA. It’s funny how things work out sometimes.
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