5 Players Tampa Bay Rays Should Target Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Players Tampa Bay Rays Should Target Before 2014 Trade Deadline

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That photo is Tampa Bay Ray's David Price telling his catcher, "I'm gonna miss ya, bro." While it's not as set in stone as the Jeff Samrdzija deal, Tampa Bay needs an offensive upgrade. With Price becoming a free agent after 2015, the penny pinching Rays will deal him by the deadline. Price will cost suitor MLB-ready young bats. Three-teams have enough young sticks to meet the criteria: Kansas City Royals, LA Angels and the St. Louis Cardinals

5. Christian Colon, Kansas City Royals

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5. Christian Colon, Kansas City Royals

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Christian Colon, a middle infielder, was the fourth over all draft pick in 2010. The Royals could offer a strong package for Price. The two team's Wil Myers/James Shields deal of the 2012 Winter Meetings worked out well for both teams, so why not?

4. Jorge Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals

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4. Jorge Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals

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Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, younger brother of Emilio Bonifacio, had been tabbed as the heir apparent to Wil Myers' outfield position. Bonifacio, Colon and a lower-level prospect could be dealt in exchange for Price if the Rays decide another offer is not more palatable.

3. Alex Yarbrough, Los Angeles Angels

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3. Alex Yarbrough, Los Angeles Angels

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Second baseman Alex Yarbrough is the best hitting prospect in the Angels' organization, and that includes C.J. Cron. Yarbrough's defensive skills leave something to be desired. With a little work, he could step in for Ben Zobrist as early as next season. Zobrist is also likely to be dealt in a deadline deal.

2. C.J. Cron, Los Angeles Angels

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2. C.J. Cron, Los Angeles Angels

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C.J. Cron, first baseman/designated hitter, is already playing for the Angels. Called up on May 3, he has been raking ever since, slashing .299/.567/.893 with eight jacks. His 127 at-bats is a small sample size, but he's proving himself MLB-ready. The Rays would have a tough time passing on Cron and Yarbrough if the Angels are willing to part with their young bucks in exchange for Price.

1. Oscar Tavares, St. Louis Cardinals

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1. Oscar Tavares, St. Louis Cardinals

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David Price and Adam Wainwright would make a heavy duty one-two punch. The only question remaining is whether the Cards are willing to hand over outfielder Oscar Taveras, who has been touted as the next Gary Sheffield. Taveras hit a home run in his MLB debut on May 31, but the Cards sent him back to triple-A in mid-June. The brass says they are unwilling to part with Taveras, but that one-two of Wainwright and Price may be too palatable to pass.

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