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Seattle Mariners Rumors: David Price A Good Match

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

There are plenty of teams that are going to be interested in David Price‘s services for the rest of the summer. Most of those teams are contending playoff teams that will need the extra pitching to get into the postseason in the latter parts of August and September. The Seattle Mariners are in third place in the American League West and need someone like Price to get closer to the top.

What makes the Mariners stand out more than teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers or St. Louis Cardinals is the ability and willingness to give up young prospects. Seattle is ready to give up right-handed pitchers Erasmo Ramirez and Taijuan Walker and young infielder Nick Franklin. All players are considered to be big league ready and the Mariners do not have any qualms about giving them up.

Ramirez has not had much success in the majors as of yet. He posted a 4.58 ERA in 11 starts for Seattle this year as well as recording a 7.1 K/9 ratio. Walker has been considered a prized pitcher, but was recently sent back to Triple-A Tacoma to work on things. As for Franklin, the Mariners are more comfortable platooning Willie Bloomquist and Brad Miller there for the time being, giving the speculation that they could use Franklin as a trade chip.

The Tampa Bay Rays are willing to trade Price within the division, which means a team like the Toronto Blue Jays will have to sacrifice their top pitching assets and be OK with that. Seattle is more than OK to sacrifice Ramirez and Walker, making it a convenient landing spot for the lefty.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. He comments on the latest Seattle Mariners rumors. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.