The Tampa Bay Rays do not want to trade ace pitcher David Price. The main reason the 2012 Cy Young award winner is on the trade market is because the Rays fear they will not be able to keep the pitcher when he is set to test the competitive free agency market after the season. The team could hold onto the pitcher until next summer, but right now, as he is on top of his game, they will get a great package of young talent in return.
With his last six starts, Price has made that a reality. If the franchise does find a trade option they like, the Rays will not find it easy seeing the left-hander leave. The team is known for having to say goodbye to some of their greatest players including Carl Crawford and James Shields, but neither of them had quite the impact Price has on the Rays and the AL East.
So, if they are to trade within the division, the other team had better be paying a hefty price in the deal because he is one of those players who can shift the division overnight.
Price is on pace for a career-best in strikeouts, and though his WAR is not anywhere near his Cy Young season, he is still making strides on the mound that make teams more interested in him every five days. It is something that the Rays are going to have come to terms with by the end of the month. The trade market is just starting to warm-up, and it should be fun to see what happens with Price.