David Price's name has taken up almost all of the attention in trade rumors since the Athletics-Cubs blockbuster in early July, and it looks like he could actually be moved soon. With a week and a half to go before the trade deadline, many teams are likely to step up their pursuits of Price in hopes of adding the ace to their rotations for the last two months of the season.
As we first reported last week, the Rays recently sent top scouts to look at the Mariners' system, meaning that they are doing their homework for a potential Price deal. The sides have been engaged in active trade talks for both Price and Ben Zobrist, as Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reported last week, and could look to make a deal centering around prospects Taijuan Walker and Nick Franklin.
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Although Price's agent Bo McKinnis has stated that his client would not be willing to sign a long-term extension with the Mariners, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that Seattle would be willing to make a deal for the left-hander without the long-term guarantee. Price is under team control next season as well, meaning that trading for him now would net a team almost a year and a half of his services.
Cafardo also mentions that the Cardinals are interested in Price if he is willing to commit to them on a long-term basis, which he could be considering their sterling reputation as an organization. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch mentioned that the Cardinals' due diligence on Price is reminiscent of their pursuit of Matt Holliday in July of 2009, before they ultimately acquired him from the Athletics for three prospects.
The Indians and Rays could match up on a deal for Price, as we first floated out there a couple weeks ago. It is unclear how much progress those teams have made on trade talks, but it looks as though there is definitely a possibility there with Cleveland looking to add a rotation arm to aid the struggling Justin Masterson.
One more fascinating possibility for Price: The Cubs, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported on Monday. Rosenthal notes that Price said that Chicago "would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now", meaning that he would likely be willing to sign a long-term deal with the North Siders. The Cubs have a deep enough prospect pool where they can make a substantial offer for Price without depleting their farm system (or even scratching the surface, really), so that situation bares watching.