Trading for Jon Lester? That's cute, Billy Beane. The Tigers and Rays have apparently resumed talks on a potential trade that would bring 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price to Detroit. The Tigers have reportedly asked for Price's price before, but Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reports that things may have started heating up.
David Price's name has surfaced in talks between Rays and Tigers, sources say. Not clear if there's been progress toward deal.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
The most intriguing part of this saga is that Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Rays are "definitely" moving Price at this year's trade deadline, which is just over an hour away.
So what would a potential return look like? Well, considering the Red Sox asked for Drew Smyly in a potential deal for John Lackey -- who has since been traded to the Cardinals -- the haul for Price would have to at least start there. Odds are the Rays would also ask for at least one of Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez, despite Evan Longoria entrenched in Castellanos' position at third.
Price is currently in the midst of one of his best big league seasons of his career. He is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA and leads the league with 170 2/3 innings pitched. He also leads the league with 189 strikeouts and has walked just 23 batters. He also leads the league with 20 home runs allowed, just shy of his career high of 22 in 2011. Price made his fourth All-Star team this season (and first since 2012) but did not pitch in the midsummer classic.