David Price Rumors: Tuesday

Here are David Price rumors for Tuesday:

  • With the Dodgers and Rangers appearing increasingly unlikely to trade for Price, the Mariners have a "real opportunity" to acquire him, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweets.
  • The Mariners likely won't trade Taijuan Walker in a deal for Price, Heyman tweets. They could, however, trade a package including top position player prospects, including catcher Mike Zunino. Zunino, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, made his debut for Seattle in 2013.
  • Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says the team is not pursuing any starting pitchers, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick tweets. Colletti did not specifically mention Price's name, Gurnick notes.

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  1. Marinersforever71 2 years ago

    Either couple of those players plus couple others from the Diamondbacks like AJ Schugel that was involved in the Mark Trumbo trade earlier today make sense for the Rays to acquire in a three team trade. Hold on to Walker & Zunino.

  2. Nick Beahm 2 years ago

    So you want to trade away arguably the best bat of the 2012 draft, who is just as good of a catcher as Suzuki, and will eventually be better than him. Plus, Zunino is a right handed bat, which the Mariners desperately need more of, and he has a lot of raw power and should develop into a consistent home run hitter. Zunino is a rare catcher, or should turn into one at least, as one who has a strong arm and great defensively while being able to mash on offense. He has been compared to Pudge Rodriguez and Mike Piazza, he should be almost as untouchable as Walker, if not more given this team’s lack of offense, catchers and right handed hitters.

  3. Nick Beahm 2 years ago

    The only positions he has never played are pitcher and catcher. Of the 11 possible positions, including DH, you picked one of the two that he has no experience in.

    • drwheelock 2 years ago

      Actually, Seattle used him once that I saw as an emergency Catcher in 1 game. But I was being sarcastic above.

  4. Nick Beahm 2 years ago

    Kyle Seager is untouchable anyways.

  5. Marinersforever71 2 years ago

    The Diamondbacks/Mariners/Rays three team trade would make more sense as things can work out better for them, esp. one of the Angels prospects Schugel that went to Arizona w/ Trumbo in the three team trade earlier can be sent to the Rays, esp. others from those two teams on top of Price to Seattle. Franklin & Smoak to the Rays makes sense as the Mariners have Cano and may sign Corey Hart from the Brewers in free agency (Rays need first baseman after Loney departed to sign w/ any team).

    • Chris Koch 2 years ago

      Let’s imagine the deal. Nope, I can’t. What does Arizona have to offer to Tampa/ what does Seattle have to offer to Arizona?
      Arizona has Owings, Hill, and Gregarious for their MI. with Prado/Davidson as 3b. and Montero at Catcher. So Franklin/Zunino don’t fit coming from Seattle to Arizona.
      Can’t figure that one out.

      • Marinersforever71 2 years ago

        Guess the D-Backs need pitching help then position as Franklin, Smoak, and couple prospects from Arizona that are ready to be on the team next year blocked by Hill/Gegarious/Ownings at infield & M. Montero at catcher on top of Franklin from the Mariners can go to the Rays in the three team trade. Paxton & Pike (both pitchers) & minor league outfielder from the Rays by keeping Joyce at same time there is an option. Price & international slots to the Mariners would make sense.

  6. Nick Beahm 2 years ago

    Actually I don’t, because it would probably cost Walker or Zunino. Price would be our #2 and I don’t feel like the return would be worth the cost. We can try and get someone a lot cheaper and still get good results with our rotation as strong as it is up top and our stadium. Price would be nice, but not necessary. The idea of giving up that large of a package for someone who would be your #2 is not a smart one. Use that package to build up larger weaknesses, like the outfield.

    • TheRealRyan 2 years ago

      Adding 4.5 WAR is adding 4.5 WAR. The M’s currently have 2 SP and 3-5 are either unproven or not good. The idea that you could add a SP of Price’s caliber should interest you. Also, if you are able to get to the playoffs, even as a wild card, a 1-3 of Felix, Price and Iwakuma, would most likely give you the SP edge in any series.

  7. Nick Beahm 2 years ago

    Yeah, and then they blew it up with the Jaso for Morse deal…

  8. Marinersforever71 2 years ago

    Or sign Nick Markakis from the Orioles if the M’s don’t get Kemp.

  9. Nick Beahm 2 years ago

    I feel like they weren’t that high on Pineda and feared exactly what has happened with him. He had some health issues in his arm when he was coming up through the ranks, so maybe they sold high. Didn’t really get much in return, so far, but I would call that trade a wash as of right now. However, I could see Montero turning it around. But I can also see Pineda recovering and plus they got Jose Campos and he has looked really good in the minors so far.

  10. Schlee17 2 years ago

    Why does everybody panic on players that are not 25 yet like montero or ackley. Also trading zunino would be a major mistake. He has the it factor. When healthy last year the mariners were a winning ball club

    • Nick Beahm 2 years ago

      Ackley isn’t on the 25 man roster?

      • Dbacksfan44 2 years ago

        He meant that Ackley isn’t 25 yet, so people should cut him some slack.

        • Nick Beahm 2 years ago

          Oh I see, makes sense. He is young and everyone loved him coming out of college and he has shown flashes.

        • harmony55 2 years ago

          Dustin Ackley turns 26 years old in February.

    • trenigro 2 years ago

      While I agree with the overall message of your comment, no one should be expecting anything from Jesus Montero anymore.

  11. Dbacksfan44 2 years ago

    There is no need for joyce now that the Dbacks have Trumbo

    • Marinersforever71 2 years ago

      Okay. Joyce can also play other positions in the outfield even coming off the bench as a pinch hitter for the pitcher or trade someone in the outfield or catcher that’s ready to play everyday from AA/AAA level last season.

      • Dbacksfan44 2 years ago

        Third is covered by Prado, second by Hill, first by goldy, and either owings or gregorious at short. so there would be no where for him to play

  12. natfan 2 years ago

    yes i would say

  13. natfan 2 years ago

    like the umps really need to be confused

  14. natfan 2 years ago

    so would I

  15. gnomon 2 years ago

    Aside from the fact that MLB would probably reject the cash part of the deal, there’s no way that Kemp’s value is that low where they would have to pony up $75M of his contract. Just consider Ellsbury – he was just paid north of $20M AAV and he’s just as injury prone as Kemp and with less power.

  16. natfan 2 years ago

    Franklin is an unknown (1 year) and Smoak and Ackley are underachievers

  17. gnomon 2 years ago

    Their fate was more or less sealed when Hanley took one in the ribs in Game 1 so I would hope that the offense will snap back with a healthy Ramirez and Kemp or Ethier back in the fold full time. That said, I still think they need another starter. I’d feel much better of their chances with Ryu as a 4 rather than 3.

  18. Chris Koch 2 years ago

    Zunino’s bat can carry your team in to the Playoffs. Walker’s Pitching can carry your team in to the Playoffs.
    But come Playoffs, Walker’s performance in it has way more impact than Zunino’s. If Zunino is a batting threat a team can simply pitch around him.
    Walker though can pitch CG Shutouts and win the game outright with his arm.

    When you have projections to be an Ace some day the Playoff implications(everyone’s true goal it to win the WS) Walker can provide has huge value over what Zunino does every week during the season.

  19. AceRuby 2 years ago

    They Rays would want Walker period in a Price deal Andrew Friedman is one of the smartest GMs in the league he knows he’s giving up an ace pitcher in David Price so he wants a top prospect back for him (just like he got for James Shields and Wade Davis in Myers).

  20. Taylor Hope 2 years ago

    I’m sorry but Ackley cannot be labeled a complete bust yet. Post-all star break OPS of .809 I believe. He was raking in the second half and ended up with a slash line of .253/.319/.660… not bad considering how he started the season. It’s still too early to tell on him.

    • TheRealRyan 2 years ago

      Ackley didn’t have a great second half, he had a great month of August. His OPS wasn’t above .665 in any other month.

  21. Sea-HAWK fan 2 years ago

    The M’s don’t have another good catcher thats MLB ready period. IMO including Zunino, who was called up to early because of this very reason. I hope they don’t sell there soul for for David Price. You do need more then pitching. Cano can’t clone himself and play 6 more positions. And the Kemp deal.. No way unless its us taking most of his contract and giving up practically nothing.. His last two years, injury prone or not, is a HUGE cause for concern..

    • Shauntell 2 years ago

      Well, the Rays could give them Lobaton who only becomes a FA in 2018. They have to trade him anyhow with Hanigan & Molina in the fold.

  22. BadBJay 2 years ago

    I don’t think Price gets moved until the trade deadline.

    • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

      I agree. The Rays should ride him until the break.

  23. TheRealRyan 2 years ago

    As a Rays fan, I would much rather have Zunino being the centerpiece over Walker. Give me the top position prospect over the top pitching prospect ever day of the week. Even the highest rated pitching prospect fail at a higher rate than they succeed and more often than the top position prospects do.

  24. Jonathan Barlock 2 years ago

    He is out of the walking boot now

  25. TheRealRyan 2 years ago

    Except for the fact that you would have one of the top 3 or 4 LHP in baseball, who is entering his age 28 season and would probably be better not having to face the ALE in half of his starts.

  26. harmony55 2 years ago

    I’d like the Dodgers to include blocked outfielder Scott Van Slyke as a righthand-hitting option if Matt Kemp isn’t ready to start the season (Van Slyke could also platoon with Justin Smoak at firstbase). The Mariners recently hired Van Slyke’s father as a firstbase coach.

  27. trenigro 2 years ago

    If the Rays are demanding Walker or Zunino then the M’s will just look elsewhere. Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Jeff Samardzija are all apparently on the block as well and Tanaka (maybe), Ervin Santana, Colon, Matt Garza and Ubaldo are all still unsigned. So many options on the table.

  28. Zach Ripple 2 years ago

    Zunino was drafted in 2012. Just figured I’d help out!

  29. jtmorgan 2 years ago

    In order to be 81 runs of offense better by having Zunino replace Molina and Franklin or Miller replacing Escobar or Zobrist, Zunino would have to hit like Buster Posey and Franklin/Miller would have to hit like Troy Tulowitzski. Just for comparison Miguel Cabrera is only about +50-60 runs with the bat over a league average player.

    • Chris Koch 2 years ago

      Escobar is essentially a negative runs with the bat so Franklin doesn’t need to get 40runs on his own.
      The same can be said about Zunino over Molina. I state that Zunino looks every bit to be a Brian McCann. Now how is it that McCann’s Bat is worth -4Runs in 2007 as a Catcher with a .270/.320/.452/.772 38 2bs 18HRs 92RBI

      While Escobar’s 2013 bat was worth 0 runs with a

      .256/.332/.366/.698 27 2bs 9HRs 56RBI

      Yeah metrics are useful to determine a players value but looking at that? there’s no way Escobar was worth 4 more runs supposedly in 2013 vs. McCann’s 2007.

      Btw, that 2007 line by McCann is a realistic approximation of what Zunino can produce. RBI not included since that is in relation to his batting order.

  30. OUTFOXEM 2 years ago

    So is there any scenario where the M’s could land both Kemp *and* Price? I’m guessing Zunino & friends would have to go for Kemp, while Walker & friends would have to go for Price. Are there enough “friends” to go around though?

    If they could land Price, Kemp, and still sign Choo, then I think they’d actually be able to compete in 2014. Of course all of that is a longshot — especially Kemp being healthy — but I thought the Cano deal was a longshot too.

    With that said, I’m not saying this is what they should do. I’m just simply trying to think of scenarios where the M’s could legitimately compete in 2014, and that’s the only one I can think of.

  31. jtmorgan 2 years ago

    Zunino definitely projects to be better than the catchers the Rays currently have long-term at least offensively. But Franklin isn’t seen as a real shortstop so it would be tough for him to be more valuable when defense is accounted for than Escobar or Zobrist.

  32. TheRealRyan 2 years ago

    The big selling point for Lobaton is that last year was his first real taste of regular playing time and his bat was better than league average and also better than other C such as Martin, Ellis, Avila, Pierzynski, Ruiz, Wieters and Miguel Montero. He is also a switch hitter, going into his age 29 season, has 4 years of team control left and had a reputation as a good defender.

    • Chris Koch 2 years ago

      When your career is one of the Minor Leagues and then you make it at age 28 with a career .750OPS in it? I’d bet Lobaton is closer to .600 OPS this season than he is .750.

  33. TheRealRyan 2 years ago

    While I agree that Zunino is more valuable than Walker, the idea that you wouldn’t trade him for Kershaw is crazy. I’m a Rays fan and Kershaw is the best pitcher in MLB and every team should get him if they could.

  34. nwh2787 2 years ago

    I think the Dodgers and Rangers are out of the running. If it is the Mariners:

    Mariners get:
    LHP David Price
    IF Ben Zobrist

    Rays get:
    C Mike Zunino
    LHP James Paxton
    OF Stefan Romero
    IF Chris Taylor

    • jtmorgan 2 years ago

      Not a chance in hell of adding Zobrist to the Rays side. Even if you added Franklin so the Rays actually have a 2B, the Rays wouldn’t come close to accepting that.

    • natfan 2 years ago

      No way you get Zobrist and Price without Walker being included in that package

  35. 王威評 2 years ago

    I personally don’t understand all the talks between Ms and Price.

    If Tanaka is posted, Ms gotta be the favorite team to land him. They got a good history with Japanese players, and have the most money to spend.

    Felix, Kuma, Tanaka, Walker, Paxton is not a bad rotation. Use the chips to get a OF like Kemp. Resign Guti, get a back up C. Off season done!

    • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

      Felix and Price is scary. But Tanaka won’t go to the M’s.

      • 王威評 2 years ago

        Felix and Kuma are aces. 3rd Ace is a luxry, not necessary.

        Please explain why Tanaka wont go to the Ms.
        Mariners got a Japanese owner, most Japan tourists, and advertised Japanese players successfully in the past.
        And the most important part, they got most money to spend this off season.

    • LALSEADEN 2 years ago

      That actually is the most reasonable M’s post i’ve seen in a while. And if for some reason we can’t get Tanaka, then just put Garza or Colon in there and bridge the gap some. We need to eat most of Kemp’s deal to keep as much talent as possible, and i’d rather bring in Cruz to play DH and like you said, bring back Guti but i’d use him in wherever Kemp isn’t. And re-sign Morales so Smoak can finally go at 1B, and go get Kurt Suzuki to back up and give Zunino the occasional day off. That is how i’d like to see the rest of the off-season play out.

    • The_Unnatural 2 years ago

      Tanaka was teammates with Kuma in Japan. Maybe he could convince him to sign with the M’s

  36. wade3061 2 years ago

    They can have Jaso back

  37. The_Unnatural 2 years ago

    Take it easy.

  38. Jack Ball 2 years ago

    I could see the Rays making this trade if it was for both Walker and Zunino.

  39. The_Unnatural 2 years ago

    They need someone to take Guti’s place on the DL.

  40. tbslim 2 years ago

    Actually, Price prefers Molina so you can have him. The Rays will throw in cash to offset the increase in clubhouse food costs.

  41. Zach Ripple 2 years ago

    Why? Hanigan is a nice player who had a down year. Great defense and on-base skills, and decent contact ability.

  42. Zach Ripple 2 years ago

    You seem to forget how young Franklin and Zunino are and how mightily they struggled in 2013. They don’t guarantee offensive production next year at all.

    • Chris Koch 2 years ago

      I agree with Franklin potentially being disappointing but Zunino is too much a stud to not expect offensive production.
      Age doesn’t mean a thing. Talent does. Was Jose Fernandez too young in 2013 his first go around? Trout? Harper?

  43. LetsGoBucs92122 2 years ago

    King Felix and Price would be absolutely filthy at the front end of that rotation!

  44. LetsGoBucs92122 2 years ago

    Even without Walker, the M’s could put together a very appealing package to get Price. May be the Rays best option depending on who else Seattle would include.

  45. BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

    Zunino was the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft, Not 2013.

  46. Clint Lorenzo 2 years ago

    I don’t get trading Zunino. That would leave them without a catcher. Makes no sense.

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