Jul 6, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) warms up before the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: What It Would Take To Acquire David Price

Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren has publicly said he’d like to acquire a top of the rotation guy…but to what extent?  We’ve all questioned his comments as well as if the Braves already have a good enough rotation to win a World Series.  Our rotation 1-5 is solid but does it stack up to the top teams #1 and #2′s in the NL?  I don’t think so.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been rumored to be shopping David Price for over a year now.  Price has been is dominant self in 2014 against AL batters, think what he’d do against NL hitters.
With a Price move looming in the MLB world, I asked Drew Jenkins of Rays Colored Glasses a few questions about his take on a potential trade between the Rays and the Braves.

David Price is the Rays #1 pitcher but rumors have been flying for months/years that the Rays are shopping him.  The Braves are looking for a #1 pitcher….With the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade setting the mark for a trade scenario, what would it take/would you would accept for David Price? 

For the Rays to trade Price, it is going to take at least two top-100 prospect types, maybe three if they are lower on the top-100 lists, and also another useful piece or two. From the Braves, Lucas Sims absolutely has to be included. Behind him, if the Braves included J.R. Graham and one of Jose Peraza and Christian Bethancourt plus a lower-level, high upside guy like Alec Grosser then they would have a competitive offer. I believe the Rays would prefer Peraza to Bethancourt given their organizational catching depth, but either would still be in play. Of course, the Braves have to be willing to trade all of these guys to get a deal done.
What percentage do you think the Braves and Rays have as trading partners?
I say it is a 10% chance that they end up matching up for a trade. The Rays want to trade Price to an NL team, which helps the Braves. The main thing that the Braves lack is a marquee prospect like Oscar Taveras or Joc Pederson that would really pique the Rays interest. If another team offers up one of those type of guys, the Braves will likely be outbid, but it is no guarantee the Rays will receive an offer with this type of player. Also, with the Rays having a recent hot streak, a Price trade at the deadline is no guarantee like it seemed to be a couple weeks ago.


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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    MLBTR yesterday: “The Braves are also involved in talks regarding Peavy, reports Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.”

    (Cardinals were said to be hot after him, though later news suggested that they were looking for offense, would not want to give up one of their youngster pitchers (who have more years of control) and that there might not be a match.

    • fireboss

      Peavy does nothing for us and would be a huge mistake. he;s pitching to a 4.64 ERA with a 4.81 FIP and a 1.437 WHIP. Nothing there says he’s an improvement over Harang or Hale.Add to that his payroll – about 7.5M remaining – and it makes no sense at all. He’s a perfect Wren choice in that sense.
      Lester and Miller do make sense but renting Lester without an extension package is a bad idea and the Red Sox won’t allow that negotiation. Miller as a bullpen arm perfectly although our readers preferred McGee, Sipp and oddly Dunn and Perez over him.

  • fireboss

    If a team is desperate enough to win now they may get that but looking at the teams being discussed only three have the assets he suggests are needed; the Jays, Cardinals and the Dodgers. The first thing they’ll say to the Cards is “Oscar Taveres” and the answer will probably be no. The Jays would be asked for Aaron Sanchez and for the Dodgers it will be Joc Pederson and probably the same answer. Then the negotiations begin. It will most certainly have to include a pitching prospect. Price is a 4WAR + pitcher so the return has to offer that kind of value and if it’s the Jays they have to pay the in division VIG. The Samardzija / Hamels trade provided about 5.5 WAR to the A’s in return for two prospects and a fifth starter worth about 7 prospective War. Beane is in a win now mode and overpaid. The Dodgers have Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu so their needs

    aren’t at that level. The Jays needs are if Rogers wants to open the bank for Price knowing he’s probably a rental. The Cardinals haven’t typically worked like this but the continuing health issues with their young arms might encourage them to move. The Braves would be best out of this discussion unless someone wants BJ or Uggla as part of the deal – read Not A Chance. There’s too much uncertainty with Price payroll wise to make him a logical fit. They will be better served in obtaining a pitcher if they try to obtain Hamels. Even if the relative cost is similar Hamels offers payroll certainty through 2019. I strongly doubt that having thrown so much money down the toilet on BJ and Dan Wren has the backing to swing such a deal.

  • Karl Dean

    Teheran plus a decent prospect now for Price. Then ATL offers him 9 figures for 5 yrs team option for 6th. Teheran is a 23 year old All Star and his value will NEVER be higher! The Braves honestly have to make this move if they have an end game designed to win a World Series. They haven’t had a true ace in a decade (Sorry Tim Hudson you’re a #2). They are at a distinct disadvantage at the top of their order with every other contender in the NL.