Not a day goes by without some writer that people consider a baseball pundit discusses the Rays trading a starting pitcher. The most popular pitcher to discuss is David Price, probably because he’s one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and a favorite for this year’s AL Cy Young Award, but he also happens to be a pitcher the Rays are very unlikely to trade. In the most recent installment of Sports Illustrated, Joe Sheehan talked about “Trades That Should Happen” and one of his trades was this:
The Rays would love to acquire a player like Gordon, who has posted a .298/.372/.478 line with excellent defense the past two seasons, but Gordon is very good as opposed to elite like Price, and the Rays wouldn’t even save much money considering Gordon will make 31.5 million dollars the next three seasons. Gordon could headline a deadline a deal like this, but Giavotella and Montgomery leave much to be desired. Giavotella was an interesting prospect not that long ago, drawing comparisons to Dustin Pedroia, but he has a .242/.271/.340 line in 376 big league plate appearances the past two seasons. Montgomery has great stuff and might have ace potential but he is coming off one of the worst pitching seasons you’ll ever see in 2012, especially from a top prospect, posting a 6.07 ERA, a 6.7 K/9, a 3.8 BB/9, and a 1.4 HR/9 in 27 starts and 149.2 IP between Double-A and Triple-A. The Royals would love this trade, but the Rays would be trying their ace for a nice player and a pair of question marks. It will take a whole lot more than that for the Royals or anyone else to land Price. Even my colleague Ethan Evans at Kings of Kauffman agrees with me on this one. Just because the Rays have pitching depth doesn’t mean they’re going to trade Price for whatever they can get. They’re going to wait for an offer to blow them away, and if it doesn’t come, they’re more than content holding onto their ace for another season.