There are a lot of eyes on Tampa Bay Rays this offseason regarding left-handed ace David Price. It does not seem likely that the Rays are going to come to an agreement with Price to keep him in Tampa Bay for the next five years, as his market value is going to be above and beyond anything that the Rays are willing to spend or can afford.
As always though, what Tampa Bay gets in return for Price could lift them to the playoffs a few years down the line.
It is remarkable how the Rays have worked over the years in trading away top-level talent go and still being able to be competitive. A lot of credit goes to the front office, including GM Andrew Friedman. They have taken a lot of heat for letting go of the talent, but have managed to play with the best of them in the AL East.
The Mariners may not be heavily involved right now because of its talks with Robinson Cano. However, a package that includes Taijuan Walker and James Paxton may entice the Rays to make a deal. The Astros would have the money to keep Price over the long term, but may not be willing to part with top prospects like Jonathan Singleton or Carlos Correia. Price going to Pittsburgh may make sense even though the Pirates may not have the money to commit to him. Jameson Taillon and Luis Heredia are names to keep an eye on.
It is almost imperative that Tampa Bay trades Price between now and next week. His hot stove is about to get a whole lot hotter.