Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says that the trade market for David Price is about to heat up, and names the Pittsburgh Pirates as a team that has an interest and that can put together a package to acquire Price. Passan also mentions the Mariners, Dodgers, Angels, Rangers, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays.
With all of those teams involved, it doesn't seem that the Pirates would be any sort of favorites. In fact, Passan says that the Mariners are seen as a strong candidate to land Price. It would almost certainly take a top prospect like Jameson Taillon or Gregory Polanco to get Price, and possibly would require both players. The lefty has two years of control and would probably make about $30 M combined in arbitration.
Price is an ace, averaging about a 4.0 WAR or better each season. He's also 28 years old, so he doesn't look to be declining anytime soon. The Pirates could definitely afford him, both in prospects and in dollars. T...
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