The winter meetings are underway in Orlando, Florida as Los Angeles Dodgers manager Ned Colletti starts to plug the holes along the roster. Third base, the bullpen and the rotation are all places where the Dodgers can upgrade and they’ve taken the first step in identifying a pitching target: Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price.
Price figures to get a lot of attention this week as Rays GM Andrew Friedman is likely to deal the 28-year-old lefty at some point during the winter. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, the Dodgers have checked in about the left-hander:
The Dodgers have made the Tampa Bay Rays aware of their interest in David Price, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Although the Dodgers don’t plan to aggressively pursue Price, they told the Rays to keep them in mind if Tampa Bay intends to trade the 2012 Cy Young Award winner.
If the Dodgers were to bid heavily for Price, they could put together an attractive package of prospects for the Rays to consider. Corey Seager, Zack Lee, Ross Stripling and Joc Pederson have all been identified as players that would be involved in any trade for Price.
However, Colletti and president Stan Kasten have talked in great lengths how in this new phase of building the Dodgers, they’ve placed a strong emphasis on building the farm system. Furthermore, a deal for Price would need to make sense not only now, but in the future for the Dodgers to part with their top prospects.
The Dodgers interest in Price could increase if Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka isn’t posted as it’s clear they’d like to add another starter to the rotation.
Along with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners, the Dodgers are seen as a strong fit for the Rays, but it doesn’t sound like they’re planning a strong pursuit to bring him to LA.
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