Even during the playoffs, rumors about what teams will do in the offseason come up and that’s no different with the Dodgers. In the midst of their NLDS series against the Braves, rumors about what they might do once the season is over persist.
Clayton Kershaw’s contract extension and Robinson Cano’s free agency loom during the winter, but other general managers are already starting rumors. According to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com, one rival GM proposed a trade between the Rays and Dodgers:
They can afford him, and having Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Price would be unbelievable, says one assistant GM. I could see a deal with (SS) Corey Seager, (OF) Joc Pederson (17-year old LHP) Julio Urias and Chris Withrow. Tampa might do that.
Now, this doesn’t seem like a trade the Dodgers will do especially since they’re enamored with Urias and Seager. Pederson is a candidate to be traded since there is a logjam in the outfield, but many expect them to deal one of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp or Carl Crawford in the offseason.
In January, Price agreed to a one-year $10 million to avoid arbitration and will be eligible for free agency in 2015. The executive said that everyone thinks about the Dodgers when it comes to Price, but a package like that isn’t likely to fly with management.
Going into next season, the Dodgers only have three healthy starting pitchers in Kershaw, Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu while Ricky Nolasco will be a free agent. Chad Billinglsey and Josh Beckett will both be recovering from injuries and if the 2013 season taught the Dodgers anything, having extra starting pitching is never a bad thing.
Price went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA this season, but missed a significant portion of the season with a left triceps injury. In his most recent start before today, Price pitched the Rays into the Wild Card round with a complete game performance.
So if you were the Dodgers, what would you do if you were presented that offer for Price?
In case you missed it, here’s the latest on Andre Ethier’s injured ankle/shin.