David Price: Why Not The DBacks?
Rays David Price is on the block. It’s the worst kept secret of the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. To date, the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned as suitors for the star left-hander.
Yesterday, the Diamondbacks added Mark Trumbo from the Anaheim Angels and dealt Tyler Skaggs and Adam Eaton in the process. Additionally, two mid-level prospects, Brandon Jacobs (outfielder) and A.J. Schugel (Left-Handed Pitcher) appear to be players to be named later.
Since the trade went down, rumors are the Diamondbacks have set their sights on a frontline starter. However, nobody has really connected Price to Arizona because Archie Bradley is off limits. I wonder why not?
Having seen many of the Diamondbacks top prospects in Arizona, or as members of the Mobile BayBears, they have the talent to make the trade and keep Bradley, the top pitching prospects in baseball at the moment.
For the Rays, Matt Davidson would instantly become the Rays first baseman of the future. He’s a Major League ready player with the ability to provide power and walks from day one. He wasn’t overwhelmed in his debut and a move across the diamond would end any discussion about his not being a strong enough defender for third. Plus, he’s not from the Towers regime meaning he’d be easier to part with from a philosophical standpoint.
Next, Chris Owings would compete with Hak-Ju Lee for the Rays shortstop of the future. Yunell Escobar is not the player he once was and Ben Zobrist is aging. They’ll need an infusion of talent up the middle soon and Tim Beckham is more of a utility type than starting player. Let Lee and Owings battle it out with the loser moving to second base.
At present, the Diamondbacks are a team with five, number-three starters in the rotation. The addition of Price would allow them to send Patrick Corbin or Randall Delgado back to the Rays as cheap, controllable rotation pieces. If this occurs, Tampa Bay’s rotation would line up Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Corbin/Delgado and Chris Archer.
The Diamondbacks could also add Zeke Spruill or Andrew Chafin, two, top-six prospects in the organization to sweeten the pot. Neither has put up particularly good ratios at the upper levels as starting pitchers, but relief work is an option.
In this scenario, the Diamondbacks add an ace and deal from depth. The Rays fill a number of future holes at the Major League level with cost-controlled, quality Major League talent. This is a win-win for both teams and I don’t understand why nobody is discussing the possibilities.
4 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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