It’s no secret that David Price will be traded at some point before the MLB trade deadline at the end of July. Whether you see it on television, hear it on the radio, or see it on various social media outlets, the buzz around baseball is about when and where, Price will be traded. What will add to that buzz is not the fact that the Tampa Bay Rays have to move him, but instead, his potentially large list of suitors.
That list will not be diminishing anytime soon the way he is pitching at the moment, either. In fact, after pitching 8.2 innings tonight allowing three runs, seven hits, two walks, while striking out seven against a potent Detroit Tigers‘ lineup that features the likes of J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez, and the always dangerous Miguel Cabrera among others on national TV, his trade value is likely to increase.
Besides the one impressive start tonight, Price has been phenomenal for over a month now. In fact since June 4, he hasn’t gone less than seven innings in any start and the most runs he has given up in any of those starts is a mere three. Perhaps even more absurd, he has given up just 13 runs in his last 54.2 innings pitched with 69 strikeouts in that span. He has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball this year.
What does it mean for the Rays? Nothing this season, but they will almost certainly cash in handsomely on Price now that everyone has witnessed his dominance. The Rays have to be smiling big right now, as they should be able to cash in enough off of Price to become a major contender again in the near future. He is still an ace and other teams around baseball have surely taken notice of that fact.