All of these rumors about the Los Angeles Dodgers wanting to trade for Tampa Bay Rays‘ starting pitcher David Price aren’t really making sense. Even though it would be an upgrade to the starting rotation, it isn’t necessary to gamble with the future in order to get Price. It seems more like a publicity stunt and complete greed than the organization doing it just to upgrade the team.
In order to get Price, the Dodgers are going to have to part with quite a few top prospects. Zach Lee, Joc Pederson and Corey Seager are just a few players the Rays would want in return. Lee is the best pitching prospect the Dodgers have, and he is showing the talent needed to be a key member to their future rotation. Pederson can play any outfield position, and instead of parting with him in this trade it would make more sense to attempt to make another trade and try to trade Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford. Seager has been playing shortstop in the minors and may very well be the future for the Dodgers at that position with Dee Gordon‘s future looking bleaker by the day.
Los Angeles also has Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett both coming off of injuries. Although both of their contracts can come off the books after 2014, are the Dodgers willing to pay them to just have them sit around and do nothing? Masahiro Tanaka is another name the Dodgers have dropped in regards to wanting to attempt to sign.
Before the Dodgers decide to give the Rays their top prospects for Price, they should think long and hard about it. David is very talented, but trading for him at the expense of the team’s future isn’t good management. All of these rumors are going to make the winter meetings very exciting and entertaining. When it’s all said and done, hopefully the Dodgers don’t end up doing something they will regret in the long run.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org