As the Los Angeles Dodgers remain one of the teams interested in Cole Hamels and David Price, who may not be available, they are set to acquire Mat Latos, Mike Morse and a competitive balance draft pick from the Miami Marlins, reports indicated Wednesday morning.
While Latos has improved as the season has progressed, he’s not the big splash many are expecting from Los Angeles. Trading for Price certainly would fit that description and according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the Dodgers are one of three teams expected to aggressively pursue the left-hander:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2015
Price last pitched Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss against his former team. The loss dropped the Detroit Tigers to four games under .500 and 13.5 back of the Royals for first place in the American League Central entering play Wednesday.
Additionally, Detroit began the day seven and a half games out of a Wild Card spot. Nonetheless, it isn’t believed they’ve yet to enter the market as sellers. The Dodgers’ interest in Price dates back multiple seasons and now includes the Andrew Friedman connection.
It was previously reported the Tigers would seek a pitching prospect that’s capable of contributing in the Majors next season as part of the return for Price. In the Dodgers case that description most applies to Julio Urias, though Los Angeles has thus far indicated the young lefty is for all intents and purposes untradeable.
Moreover, the risk of Price being a rental further decreases the likelihood Urias would be included as part of the package. The Toronto Blue Jays recently acquired LaTroy Hawkins and Troy Tulowitzki in a trade with the Colorado Rockies. Conversely, the New York Yankees have yet to enter the trade market.