David Price might be moving clubs after all.
Talks surrounding the Rays left-hander are heating up, and the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that Price is "definitely moving," according to a source. The Dodgers and Mariners appear to be the front-runners to acquire him, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden, though the Tigers are also in the mix and Price's name "has surfaced" in talks between Detroit and Tampa Bay, per FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.
The Pirates are also inquiring about Price, according to Morosi's colleague Ken Rosenthal, who also reports that Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson is "in play" in the team's ongoing discussion regarding Price. Pederson, a left-handed outfielder who is the team's No. 3 prospect and No. 19 overall in the majors (according to MLB.com), is in the midst of tearing up Triple-A, with a .319/.448/.587 line in 420 plate appearances in Albuquerque.
Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young award winner, is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA this year, and he leads the American League with 189 strikeouts and 170.2 innings pitched.
The Dodgers, according to Peter Gammons, have "reiterated they're not back in" on Price, perhaps a testament to the team's reluctance to part with Pederson. Morosi also notes that the Tigers would likely have to involve left-hander Drew Smyly in a potential Price deal.
The Rays are also now "close" to dealing Price, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, though it's still unclear where just yet. The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports that the Cardinals are a possible destination, in addition to the Tigers and Mariners.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the "teams dangling big stars" (which certainly applies to the Rays) are "focused on" Seattle lefty James Paxton, but the Mariners don't want to give him up. That could stall trade talks between the two teams, unless Seattle changes its position.