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First Pitch: As Expected, Trades For Starting Pitchers Will Probably Cost a Ton

First Pitch: As Expected, Trades For Starting Pitchers Will Probably Cost a Ton

Here's something that probably won't be a surprise: starting pitching looks like it's going to cost a lot on the trade market this year.

We saw this already when Jeff Samardzija was traded to the Oakland Athletics, with the Chicago Cubs getting multiple top prospects in return, highlighted by one of the best prospects in the game, Addison Russell. Based on the current rumored asking prices, it doesn't look like the remaining pitchers on the market will come cheap.

**The Rays have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, and while they're still under .500, they're technically just a few games out of .500. This means David Price is almost certainly off the table, thus driving up the value for everyone else who might be available. If Price does become available, then the asking price ...

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