When the Winter Meetings kicked off last Monday in Orlando, the Dodgers were one of the first teams to contact the Rays about their interest in the 28-year-old ace. However, the Dodgers maintain they aren’t interested in trading their top prospects, but according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, they’re considered the favorites to land Price this 0ff-season:
But the Dodgers continue to be seen as the favorite by rival executives to be the team that makes the deal with the Rays for David Price. They have the range of prospects needed to make a Price trade, they have the money to keep him, and their ownership has a willingness to be bold.
Prospects Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, Julio Urias and Corey Seager have all been mentioned as possible trade chips since Rays GM Andrew Friedman is looking to pull of a “Herschel Walker” type trade. Another solution to not trading top prospects is dealing one of the four high-priced outfielders, with the Dodgers picking up a significant portion of their remaining salary.
Along with the Dodgers, the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers were all seen as highly interested, but the Mariners won’t include Tijuan Walker in a trade and the Rangers don’t seem too interested in making a deal.
The Dodgers state that they’re in “Phase 2” of their plan and president Stan Kasten said there are currently deals on the table including top prospects. Josh Beckett would be the fifth starter if the season started today and it’s tough to imagine them going to Spring Training with him in the rotation.
Trading for Price would be difficult due to the cost of prospects, but with a win-now attitude and the right mix, the Dodgers are in position to make a blockbuster move.
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