5 Reasons Why St. Louis Cardinals Should Trade For Tampa Bay Rays' Ace David Price

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5 Reasons Why St. Louis Cardinals Should Trade For David Price

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Trade negotiations for Rays' ace David Price are heating up, and the St. Louis Cardinals are the current front-runners to land the talented pitcher. Acquiring Price would not only bode well for the Cardinals' NL Central chances in the second half of the season, but would also make St. Louis World Series favorites in the eyes of many. Here are five reasons why the Cardinals should trade for Price before the trade deadline.

5. Solidify Starting Rotation As One Of Best In Baseball

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5. Solidify Starting Rotation As One Of Best In Baseball

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If St. Louis managed to add Price, the team's starting rotation would be one of the deepest and most talented in all of baseball. If Price was acquired, he would be added to the likes of Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller. Throwing Price, Wainwright and Wacha in any series would give the Cardinals a legitimate chance at a sweep, so adding the Rays' ace would help St. Louis run away with the Central in the second half.

4. Would Easily Make St. Louis NL Central Favorites

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4. Would Easily Make St. Louis NL Central Favorites

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Acquiring Price would take the Cardinals to a new, elite level that only a couple teams in baseball can claim. St. Louis is already one of the best teams in the National League, but making this trade with Tampa would take the Cards to new heights. If St. Louis makes the trade, the Brewers, Pirates and Reds would seemingly be batting for a Wild Card spot, because it would be the Cardinals' division to lose.

3. 1-2 Punch Of Wainwright and Price Would Be Formidable

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3. One-Two Punch Of Wainwright and Price Would Be Formidable

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Adam Wainwright and Price would be even better than the Dodgers' current duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Acquiring Price will undoubtedly be expensive for St. Louis, but it will be more than worth it if Price continues to pitch how he has in his last two outings. Price has recorded back to back eight inning shutouts, and the Cardinals would love to pair him with Wainwright, another one of the best pitchers in baseball.

2. David Price Is Not Only Talented, But A Proven Winner

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2. David Price Is Not Only Talented, But A Proven Winner

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There aren't many pitchers in the MLB that will give you consistent, excellent outings in the way that David Price can. Price is not only a fierce competitor, but a winner who will elevate St. Louis to a different level if the team is able to pull off a deal with Tampa Bay. Price has been on a roll in recent weeks, so there would be no better time for St. Louis to finally close the deal for the Rays' ace.

1. St. Louis Would Be October Favorites

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1. St. Louis Would Be October Favorites

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The Cardinals don't have the best record in the MLB, but would be arguably the best team in all of baseball with the addition of David Price. St. Louis is no stranger to postseason success, but adding Price would bring more success than even the Cardinals are used to. The deal is no guarantee, but if Price ends up pitching in Busch Stadium in the second half of 2014, there's no question that St. Louis will be the best team in baseball.

Jacob Dennis is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.