Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price has no idea where he’ll be come Aug. 1. However, he is pitching like a Cy Young winner and making it very hard for teams to not check-in on his availability by the team. The same holds true for the defending National League champions, the St. Louis Cardinals.
The trade makes sense for a few reasons. First of all, the Cardinals have many key players who could be used in a trade that every other team in the league would like. One of the names that would most certainly be mentioned in a trading package for Price is outfielder Oscar Taveras, who is getting some time in the majors now, but still not getting the playing time he would get if playing for the Rays. They also have other lineup players, starting pitchers, and relievers that are available for a trade.
This would certainly help the Rays rebuild quickly when giving up such a talented pitcher. On the opposite spectrum, the Cardinals would certainly get some starting pitching that they would need. Shelby Miller has not been putting up good numbers and been put in the bullpen, and young sensation Michael Wacha being injured gives the team some questions when it comes to the starting rotation. Adding Price to pitch with Adam Wainwright would certainly help the team down the second half of the season, and make playoff series something other teams in the National League fear having to see the two in Game 1 and Game 2, and then again later in the series.
The Cardinals currently lead the exciting NL Central, where four teams could come out on top. With them trading for Price, that would give them separation from the pack and become heavy favorites against some really good competition come October.