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Tigers trade rumors: Could David Price be a trade candidate?

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It may be time for the Tigers to think about a rebuild, according to one AL executive.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

With the Tigers currently sitting nine games out of first place in the AL Central, rumors are flying that they may sell at the trade deadline despite general manager Dave Dombrowski's comments to the contrary. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, a trade involving ace lefty David Price is not out of the question if the team does decide to start rebuilding for the future.

Cafardo quotes an American League executive in his Sunday notes column:

"It bears watching," said one AL executive. "I don’t think he’s going back there. The Tigers need to revamp their farm system, so it’s not cut and dried that they won’t entertain a package for him."

Although it seems unlikely that the team would listen to Price at the moment, he would become the prize of the trade market for the second-straight season if available. Teams looking for pitching like the Dodgers, Astros, Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays would likely have strong interest in the southpaw, who is a pending free agent.

If the Tigers decided to move other pieces, pending free agents Yoenis Cespedes, Joakim Soria and Rajai Davis would likely draw significant interest in addition to Price. Detroit could be inclined to move Cespedes due to a contractual clause that does not allow them to receive a qualifying offer if he signs elsewhere as a free agent this winter. With large long-term commitments to aging stars Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, it is unlikely that the Tigers will be able to pay to keep both Cespedes and Price in the fold for the long-term.