Every year there is one hot name that is rumored to go to every contending team in the major leagues. This year that name is David Price. The 28-year-old lefty has been one of one the best pitchers in the American League since 2010 and would provide a definite boost to any team that acquired him at the deadline. But with all of the rumors swirling around him, the Milwaukee Brewers need to avoid the trade at all costs.
In the past when the club has made big trades, it has been for a starting pitcher. This year that type of trade does not need to happen. With the offseason addition of Matt Garza, the starting rotation is as solid as it has been in years. Not only do they have veterans alongside Garza, in Kyle Loshe and Yovani Gallardo, but they have up-and-coming future aces at the back end in Wily Peralta and Jimmy Nelson. Adding an arm like Price only would serve to hamper the growth of Nelson for another season.
Making a move of such nature would also cost the Brewers a boatload of top-prospects. When the Oakland A’s were looking to add arms, it was reported that they offered top prospect Addison Russell to the Tampa Bay Rays but were turned down. With news like this the Brewers would have to include several of their top-prospects including players like Jimmy Nelson, Mitch Haniger, Devin Williams and Orlando Arcia just to have the Rays listen to an offer.
While the Price addition could have a Sabathia-type effect on a team, it is not a risk that the Brewers should be willing to take. When the club has hit slumps, the starting pitching has not been the problem. Even though he is one of the top-five arms in all of baseball, he is not worth the ridiculous price-tag to acquire him. Doug Melvin has not shied away from making big moves in the past, but making the move to add Price is not in the Brewers’ best interests.