David Price Rumors: Wednesday

Yesterday it was reported that the Mariners have a real opportunity to acquire David Price. Seattle would prefer to keep Taijuan Walker but could be willing to move Mike Zunino, according to those reports. Here's the latest on Price's trade market…

  • The Giants have checked in on Price, according to ESPN's Buster Olney (on Twitter). The two sides have yet to get into any sort of exchange, however.
  • The Blue Jays have also asked about Price, tweets Rosenthal, but they're not big on the idea of parting with Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman.

Earlier Updates

  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports spoke with Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, this morning at the Winter Meetings and was told that Price would not sign a long-term deal if he were traded to the Mariners. McKinnis told Rosenthal that Price would consider signing an extension with other clubs, but wouldn't disclose which clubs in which Price would have interest. Rosenthal stresses that this doesn't preclude the Mariners from acquiring Price anyway (All Twitter links).


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127 Comments on "David Price Rumors: Wednesday"


1 year 8 months ago

I’m seriously gonna need more popcorn.

Teddy
1 year 8 months ago

your telling me lol

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

One thing that happened this hot stove are stories with less than full credibility. (e.g. Cano and the Mariners’ “explosion.”). Get the popcorn handy, this story could change before the sun goes down.

etplante
1 year 8 months ago

That’s the reason they’re called rumors. Stuff like that gets reported every off season.

Yettyskill
1 year 8 months ago

Well, that ends that. Seems a lil short -sighted by Pricebut he earned the right to choose. Moving on

Teddy
1 year 8 months ago

well i mean you to imagine that he wants to be on a team built to win now and for the long haul, the mariners just look, to far away especially if they give up many peices to acquire him.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

That’s always the other side of the coin. What you are giving up to get.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 8 months ago

Awesome, now hopefully the Mariners will move on from Price

Slappy McGee
1 year 8 months ago

Without someone like him, they pretty much peed into the wind in signing Cano

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

They don’t need someone like him, they need 1-3 more bats. Felix, Walker, Iwa should be good enough

1 year 8 months ago

Lest we forget Paxton.

mpguy
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t forget about Hultzen. He’s coming off an injury, but he’s projected to be a solid middle of the rotation starter. The Mariners are foolish to give away good young players for one year of ANY pitcher.

YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard
1 year 8 months ago

two years

1 year 8 months ago

When I was writing the comment I knew I was forgetting another arm. Thanks.

Jeremy Bingham
1 year 8 months ago

Plenty of fish in the sea. Price is not the difference between playoff contention this year. M’s could/should sign an option like Colon and throw more money at the OF spots.

jfast27
1 year 8 months ago

David Price knows that the Mariners need much more than Cano to score runs. It’s interesting to see how other teams offers of starters, regardless of availability (Phillies with Hamels, Lee, Indians with Masterson, etc.) might be slowing this down for the Rays. Hard to see them get a Wil Myers type in return.

Dustin Jorgensen
1 year 8 months ago

Good. I didn’t want price in my Mariners blue anyways

Slappy McGee
1 year 8 months ago

Yeah that would be awful wouldn’t it? SMH

Dustin Jorgensen
1 year 8 months ago

For the Price? Yes it would be.

Jeremy Bingham
1 year 8 months ago

2 Years of rental player for a boatload of prospects is not a great move for the M’s. Price is a good pitcher but there’s other FA options that would cost less money, no prospects and provide a slightly smaller value

raffish
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t do it, Mariners! He’s being brutally honest about his intentions. If he doesn’t want to be here, find someone who does! *if at all possible.

mwagner26
1 year 8 months ago

Got to admire his honesty. IF they do trade for him, the FO knows they only have two years of Price. And lets be honest, those two years aren’t going to be winning years.

We just need to move on from Price. He’s a fantastic pitcher, but we need to address other needs first.

kws001
1 year 8 months ago

I think Jack Z would get him anyway in hopes that a dominant pitching staff can mask other deficiencies on the team that can’t be acquired or are poorly addressed as he is known to do.

Edgar4evar
1 year 8 months ago

I’ll be honest: if the M’s add Price in exchange for players the team doesn’t need to fill roles this season (ie NOT Walker) then it will be more competitive. If it also adds a good bat then I honestly don’t see why they can’t win. As long as “winning” is defined as something like the Royals season: above .500 and in the pennant race. That would be a big step forward for the club.

The key in acquiring any player via trade if the goal is to “win now” is that you are not subtracting value for the present. The Rays always want MLB-ready prospects which by definition do just that. The M’s could spare Ackley or Franklin plus a reliever and one or more minor leaguers. If the Rays won’t take that deal, then forget them.

fatdaddy
1 year 8 months ago

yes, thanks for forgetting us. we will pass on your sloppy seconds players that will never amount to anything in the majors.

acottonshirt
1 year 8 months ago

This is just weird to me. An agents job is to look out for the best interest of his client. By ruling a team out, you lose the ability to gain leverage. I know this is a trade, and he has no say one way or the other, but when it comes to FA time the Mariners won’t even be there to drive up the clients price. I’m okay with this, as i think the M’s would have had to give up too much to get him, but still, odd move by his agent. This is something that they should have kept in private.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Totally agree! Maybe Price should switch to Boras soon! lol

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Seattle would have boost up his STATS prior to FA bigtime! That wasn’t a very smart move on their part in my opinion.

etplante
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe he just doesn’t want to play in Seattle. It’s not like his stats need boosting.

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

Here is one possibility:

Perhaps David Price really, REALLY doesn’t want to go to Seattle at all. He has no say, at the moment, but it is possible his agent is trying to offer the Mariners strong incentive NOT to give up the type of package the Rays want for him, and thus the Rays either have to trade him where he would like to go, or hang onto him for the time being.

This is possibly all about leverage, right now, and David and his agent trying to create some of their own.

OUTFOXEM
1 year 8 months ago

Yeah, that doesn’t help anyone in any way. The only reason he’d say something like that is if Price REALLY did not want to go to Seattle. I would think he’d love pitching in between Felix and Iwakuma, but maybe he just doesn’t want to be the #2 guy? I don’t really know, and not sure we’ll ever know.

With that said, I’m ok with him not going to the M’s. I didn’t want to give up great talent to land him without the assurance he would sign an extension. Now that there’s no chance he signs an extension, I hope there’s no chance the M’s trade for him.

1 year 8 months ago

Best interest of his client… but subject to his client’s wishes. But note this: He doesn’t actually have any leverage right now (since Price is under control for 2 more years). This move actually establishes some modest leverage over his situation.

etplante
1 year 8 months ago

I love the city of Seattle but besides Cano, who would want to sign a long term deal with the Mariners? That franchise has been a mess for a very long time and giving a 10 year contract to a 30 year old second basemen doesn’t seem like the way to turn things around.

Scot Forler
1 year 8 months ago

Felix!!!!

etplante
1 year 8 months ago

True, although I was thinking more of free agents. There’s a difference between being able to sign anywhere versus either take the Mariners money or gambling on making it to free agency healthy and performing.

Brian
1 year 8 months ago

Felix also did. The franchise has been a mess for about 10 years but before that they were great off and on. This would only be a start to turning things around, of course. I don’t think Price is the right step anyway as we’d give up too much for him.

etplante
1 year 8 months ago

Felix did but it was an extension. He didn’t choose to go to Seattle. The Mariners had some good, fun teams but they’ve made the playoffs 4 times in 36 years.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

DIdn’t realize he was forced at gun point to sign the extension instead of waiting till free agency… He chose to sign there when he was an international free agent. He absolutely loves Seattle.

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

He made a risk/reward decision. His choices were “Take this huge contract in front of you now, or take the chance of injury or regression gambling on a bigger payday in a few years”. It isn’t as if six teams were lined up with $150MM offers in front of him, and he decided which appealed most to him.

Everyone “loves” the city they are playing in…until they are playing somewhere else.

Bottom line is, it is not an ideal parallel to compare someone still under team control who signed a big $$ extension, versus an outright FA choosing Seattle over other potential suitors.

etplante
1 year 8 months ago

But don’t forget Nick’s point…he did choose Seattle when he was a 16 year old amateur free agent. I bet he had tons of leverage then. LOL.

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t want to downplay Felix’s loyalty to Seattle. He made a decision to sign an extension many other players wouldn’t have made. I am sure a certain degree of loyalty to the Mariners was part of his reasoning for taking the deal. I just don’t think there is a good comparison between someone signing an extension, and someone choosing Seattle over other suitors. Plus, he is but one example, and having only one example kind of really underscores the original point, that a lot of guys really don’t want to go there.

I can see how Mariners’ fans, however, would view someone choosing to sign an extension as very similar to a FA on the open market choosing Seattle, since they have had to endure losing so many significant players who wouldn’t take an extension to stay…RJ, Griffey, Arod.

Brian
1 year 8 months ago

I wasn’t comparing signing an extension versus signing from free agency. The original point was, “who would want to sign a long term deal with the Mariners?” Felix signed a long term deal. If the original point was who would want to sign to the Mariners out of free agency or after being traded then my comment wouldn’t have been the same.

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

I realize that. I was responding more toward Nick Beahm’s comments.

But like I said, in the eyes of a Mariners fan, who has had to watch Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Alex Rodriguez all walk out the door rather than sign an extension, is there really a difference anyway? A guy who wants to be there is a guy who wants to be there.

Sky14
1 year 8 months ago

Actually when he was an amateur free agent he had a lot of suitors and the Mariners were not the highest bidders so he did in fact choose Seattle.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

If Felix wanted out of here, he could have easily forced his way out via trade. Why is it so hard to accept that a superstar player likes the team he is on and doesn’t want to move? I mean, isn’t that what all fans of smaller market teams want? Like Evan Longoria and the Rays, no one questions his desire to stay there despite the fact they will never be able to pay to keep players. They have done a good job of rotating fresh young talent through the roster, but that is a risky business model that can fail if you miss on players, which is rather easy. No one questions Longoria’s desire to stay, why Felix’s? It’s clear that the city loves him and he loves the city. If you watched his speech, you could tell how sincere he was, when he was in tears, either that or he is a great actor. And if you have seen his Mariner commercials over the years, you would know he is good, but he ain’t that good…

acottonshirt
1 year 8 months ago

The reason you see Seattle is in on these big names for trades is their high upside talent that they have. And some of it has started to make the big leagues, which people want. While I know they aren’t proven yet, and a couple haven’t lived up to the hype, they still have a great young core. If a few of them can show some production, this could turn into a winner sooner than most people think.

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

Price just burned the Seattle bridge, IF the rumor is true.

etplante
1 year 8 months ago

Obviously he doesn’t seem too concerned about that.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Very true. Seattle has always had an easy time acquiring pitching, because Safeco boost pitching stats drastically. This move could have catapulted his value even more in 2 years as a FA. PLUS Safeco Field is designed for LHPs, and LHB’s.

Taylor
1 year 8 months ago

dubious franchise

Scott Thorn
1 year 8 months ago

Aaaand there goes a good chunk of the Rays’ leverage in any negotiations with the Mariners.

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

Price could just announce today which teams he would consider signing an extension with. Combine that with the teams with the pieces to nab David, and that pretty much limits the Rays’ leverage to maybe a couple of teams.

John Kreese
1 year 8 months ago

Bingo! Take the hint Mariners.

Shawn Zodiak Roney
1 year 8 months ago

lol chill out Price! No way They should sign him after that.

Cameron Jones
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t want him anyway. Go to the Yankees

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

no beard?

Spencer James
1 year 8 months ago

No beard and he’s too young. The Yankees are in the market for 30+ year old MLB players, unfortunately.

UpSide
1 year 8 months ago

I think we should keep him for 1 more year. Looks like no other team is willing to give up the pieces.

Although not particularly please his agent has come out with this stuff right now.

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

They Rays should keep him, but I see them trading Price before the deadline next season.

BRANDON
1 year 8 months ago

Well, you can put this rumor to rest now

Douglas McGowan
1 year 8 months ago

#6 Organization

FS54
1 year 8 months ago

I am not sure how much correlation is there between football and WWE fans and baseball fans but I have gained respect for Seattle fans.

MadmanTX
1 year 8 months ago

2 years only for Mariners unless they think they can change Price’s mind before he leaves. Looking more and more like Price won’t get traded until the deadline next year when teams get really desperate.

Kyle
1 year 8 months ago

Rays don’t have a trade partner now. Mariners, Rangers, and Diamondbacks look to all be out.,

tbslim
1 year 8 months ago

Gosh, guess the Rays will just have to hang on to the Cy Young winning pitcher. Tough luck for them. I sure wouldn’t want to be in their shoes. I mean, its not like the Rays had a sign out on I-275 in front of the Trop “LH Pitcher for Sale or Trade, Taijuan Walker or Best Offer.” Its just possible that the David Price auction is largely a media event. So get over yourselves Seattle. I doubt the Rays franchise is going to fold up if the Mariners don’t want to trade.

twins33
1 year 8 months ago

For the team he’s traded to, that 72 hour negotiating window and Price extension must be part of any deal. It would be stupid to trade for him and he doesn’t re-sign.

Slappy McGee
1 year 8 months ago

We’re talking $20MM a year for at least 6 years, based on the new Ricky Nolasco “gold standard”. I don’t know that Price won’t have more value to someone, and be gotten cheaper at the trade deadline.

Jacob Viets
1 year 8 months ago

And there goes all the Rays’ hopes at acquiring Taijuan Walker.