The Pittsburgh Pirates had two scouts at the Red Sox/Rays game tonight, watching David Price and Jon Lester go against each other. Both guys could be possibilities for the trade block this year, although if the Rays keep winning, they might hold on to Price.
This is shaping up to be a seller's market. There are so many teams in the mix for the playoffs, and very few teams that are committed to selling. You just have to look at the Rays as an example of this. They're one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, and they're only 4.5 games out of the Wild Card. However, they're 50-53 and need to jump past five teams to make the post-season. And if they're not committed to selling, then it's likely that there's a lot of teams in similar situations who also aren't selling.
We've already seen one big trade for pitching. The Oakland Athletics acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs, sending back Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, and Dan Straily. That might set the mark...
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