5 Early Trade Targets for the Tampa Bay Rays

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David Price
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Target #2 - David Price

Everyone loves a good homecoming story, and it may not seem like it on the surface, but a return to Tampa Bay is a match made in heaven for the club and left hander David Price.

Price has only thrown 4.2 innings so far this year but has an ERA of 1.93 and it appears that the Dodgers are willing to work with him to find a trade destination where he can start games again. Price, who has struggled since the 2018 season, would provide the Rays another veteran option for their pitching staff and would fit well within the low innings usage that manager Kevin Cash lives by.

For a club that has had countless injuries to their pitching staff, having another veteran arm would go a long way in providing depth for the roster. With so many young arms being relied on as well, Price's veteran presence could have a lasting impact on pitchers like Shane McClanahan and Shane Baz.

Price is owed $32 million this season, but half of that is already being paid by the Boston Red Sox. The Los Angeles Dodgers would surely eat up a major chunk of the $16 million owed to price by them, meaning he would not come at a huge price tag for the payroll. And how satisfying would it be for the Red Sox to be paying $16 million this season for a guy contributing to this Rays ballclub?