Even though there is no guarantee that the Tampa Bay Rays will trade starting pitcher David Price prior to Thursday’s MLB trade deadline, that will not stop the Milwaukee Brewers from expressing their interest in the ace.
The Brewers are reportedly very intrigued about the possibility of acquiring Price. In fact, that interest is only going to increase this week with Milwaukee visiting Tampa Bay to take on the Rays. Many are saying that if the Brewers take two-out-of-three or sweep the Rays there will be nothing stopping them from pulling the trigger on the trade. Of course, that is from their point of view.
The reality is Milwaukee would have to give up some decent pieces, including major-league ready players, for the deal to go down. The issue is they simply do not have enough in the farm system to get the job done on prospects alone. One player in particular that has been linked as a possible trade piece is starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who is Milwaukee’s top prospect. Even though Nelson has a 3.27 ERA and 30 strikeouts in five career starts in the big leagues, he has plenty of upside.
For the people who believe this is nothing more than random trade rumor news, the Brewers are a team that has proven they will take a big chance on acquiring an ace at the deadline. In 2008, Milwaukee traded away top prospects to land C.C. Sabathia. The result was the organization’s first playoff berth in 26 years. In 2011, the Brewers traded for Zack Greinke in the offseason, which directly led to the team clinching a division title and coming within two games of a World Series berth. The point is no one should put it past the Brewers to make a huge deal at the deadline, especially since they are in first place.
Considering the St. Louis Cardinals are interested in Price is even more reason why Milwaukee must discuss all possibilities with Tampa Bay. Not to mention, adding Price to a rotation that has Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza and Wily Peralta would make them a very dangerous team to face on any given night.
The Brewers will face Price on Wednesday.