Jun 25, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumors: Atlanta Braves Scouting David Price?

David Price had another amazing day on the mound Wednesday afternoon going 8.1 innings picking up the win and 11 strikeouts.  With the Tampa Bay Rays struggling in 2014, Price now holds a 5-7 record with a 3.26 ERA.

Price isn’t having the best season he’s had as a pro and neither are the Rays…meaning the Rays will be sellers at the trading block this summer.

David’s name has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue for quite some time now in possible trade rumors.  The Braves GM Frank Wren continues to say he would like to acquire an “ace” caliber player and Price is definitely an ace.

Our own Fred Owens covered this a few days ago when he was talking about the Gavin Floyd injury…Fred touched on what Jim Bowden discussed a few days prior on ESPN.  Bowden made the proposal for the Braves to acquire Price.

Every time I ask Braves GM Frank Wren what the one piece is he’d like to add to his club, he tells me a No. 1 starter.. . . The Braves also know that the other elite teams in the NL — the Nationals, Cardinals, Giants and Dodgers — all have better 1-2 punches at the top of the rotation. . (and to pair with Julio Teheran) need to acquire another ace at some point.

David Price will be an expensive get for the Braves and I do not think it’s possible.  The Braves farm system seems to be still recovering from the Mark Teixeira trade and I don’t see the talent that the Rays would be looking for.

The Rays, if rumors are accurate, want a positional player with a high ceiling and not far from MLB ready.

If Price is traded, he would command an obligation of about $25 million with $7 million for the rest of this season plus $18 million for 2015…which is his final year of arbitration before free agency.  So any team, if they do give up lots of goods, would have Price for a year and a half.

On Wednesday, Price became the first pitcher since Johan Santana in 2004 with five straight 10 strikeout games.  And this is against AL hitters with the DH….think what he would do to NL hitters!!

During Wednesday’s Rays vs Pirates game, Atlanta Braves scout Rick Williams showed up at the Rays game to watch Price pitch.  Was this a message sent by Frank Wren to Williams asking to gather to the ballpark to take a look at this phenomenal left-handed pitcher?  David O’Brien doesn’t think so…



I wouldn’t get your hopes up Braves fans…I would LOVE to see David Price in a Braves uniform but this just doesn’t seem possible.

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  • Brandon_Woodworth

    The Braves would have to give up a top arm and Bethancourt to start.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yeah, and even then it wouldn’t be worth it.

      • Jeff Schafer

        Many other teams can offer a lot more than the Braves BUT that is what I’m scared about…supposedly the Cards are in the mix….ugh

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          Yeah – that’s exactly one of my major concerns. Consider these possible rotations:

          Kershaw, Greinke, Price, Beckett/Ryu/Haren
          Wainwright, Price, Lynn, Miller, whoever else – don’t care.
          Price, Gallardo, Lohse, Garza/Estrada/Peralta

          Nationals aren’t in the rumors at least – guessing they think they’re good with what they have.

          OTOH: Price, Teheran, Minor, Santana, Wood… that would matchup well w/anybody.

          • fireboss

            Only if the lineup scores runs,

          • Wayne Canon

            I don’t think there is a starting rotation that can consistently win with only 2-3 runs in support.

  • fireboss

    I would drop over in a dead faint if the Braves seriously moved on Price. Today’s new that Chris Capuano was DFA but the Red Sox puts him square in our cross hairs. He’s a lefty reliever/long man/spot starter which matches bullpen need. He’s inexpensive matching payroll need and there’s no commitment. There will be others after him – Angels perhaps as their pen has more questions than answers – so whether we get him or not depends on it’s a trade or we can wait for his release.

  • Matt Talbert

    If the price is JR Graham (more name than bang future is a reliever), Christian Betancourt (elite catcher – Tampa hasn’t had a franchise catcher in awhile), Cody Martin (decent mid rotation MLB ready starter and cost controlled) and maybe Todd Cunnigham (solid cost controlled top of the order OF) I would jump all over it honestly. But, that would be if we can unload BJ Upton to say the Yankees for LH RP or maybe Brett Gardner who would be a great get for our team. Also this deal would be contigent on us shipping Upton out and signing Price to a few years extension (not a 10 year megablockuster – that’s a mistake)

  • Justin Snyder

    I think a combination of Mike Minor and Bethancourt would work. We still don;tknow exactly what we have in Bethancourt and Minor seems to be a promising piece whose stock may be down a little bit. A lot of teams could use him as a lefty arm to compliment a rotation. I think Gattis has shown he’s getting better and won’t be a flash in the pan. Unless the NL goes to the DH in the near future…I think one of them needs to go and because of his defense, teams will jump at Bethancourt