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2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price

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Tampa Bay Rays: 5 Potential Landing Spots for David Price

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Trading David Price just seems like a thing that the Tampa Bay Rays will do. When their players are close to free agency and will command a lot of money on the open market, they trade them away to stock up their farm system. They did it with Scott Kazmir in 2009, Matt Garza in 2011 and James Shields last December.

With Price set to reach free agency after the 2015 season, the Rays want to maximize his value soon and continue to stock up their minor league system. They received AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers among others from the Kansas City Royals for Shields last offseason. Shields is a great pitcher, but he is not on the same level as Price. I expect the Rays to get a great haul of prospects and young talent in exchange for Price.

Price is a dominant left-handed starting pitcher that would be a welcomed addition to any rotation. He is a former Cy Young Award winner. Because of the huge haul it will take to land Price, it may be expected that he signs an extension before the trade is finalized.

Price rumors have been swirling for months. At this point, it would be a big surprise if the Rays do not trade him. He is going to command a ton of money in an extension or on the open market, and the Rays simply do not operate that way. With two full years of control remaining, the Rays will get more value if they trade him this offseason.

There has been a lot of activity recently and with the Winter Meetings fast approaching, I would not be surprised to see Price traded very soon. I am sure that every team in baseball would love to add him to their rotation, but obviously there are some teams that make more sense then others. Here are the five most likely landing spots for Price.

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5. Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have been connected to Price for a while now. They are looking to add a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, and Price certainly fits that bill. The Rays would probably insist on top pitching prospect Archie Bradley, but Arizona has let it be known that he is not available. I could envision a scenario where Arizona could center a package around promising young left-hander Tyler Skaggs to land Price.

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4. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Adding Price to a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu would just be downright filthy. The Los Angeles Dodgers are always looking to add impact talent. It is hard to say what the Dodgers would have to give up in a trade, but outfield prospect Joc Pederson would surely have to be involved.

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3. Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a new position of being contenders. This is a good, young team that has a very promising future. Adding Price at the top of their rotation would obviously be great. They have plenty of prospects that would interest the Rays, including pitcher Jameson Taillon and outfielder Gregory Polanco.

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2. St. Louis Cardinals

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The St. Louis Cardinals are absolutely loaded with young arms. Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Shelby Miller lead an incredibly young and talented rotation. The one thing that they lack is a lefty. Price would certainly give them that. The Cardinals have a ton of talent in their system. Pitcher Carlos Martinez would probably have to be involved in any Price deal.

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1. Texas Rangers

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The Texas Rangers have probably been the team that has been connected to Price the most. If they were able to land the talented lefty, him and Yu Darvish would instantly become the best 1-2 punch in the big leagues. The Rangers have some nice young pieces in both the big leagues and in the minors. I think pitcher Martin Perez, who had some big league success last season, would be in play for the Rays.