Jon Morosi of FoxSports1 reports that the Mariners and Rays are talking about moving the American League leader in strikeouts, David Price, from one corner of the country to the other, along with teammate Ben Zobrist.
Mariners are having ongoing trade discussions with Rays regarding David Price and Ben Zobrist, sources say. No deal imminent. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 17, 2014
The Rays have not been the playoff contender everyone thought they would be, and in spite of playing much better in July, they still sit fourth in the AL East, barely ahead of the World Series champion Red Sox.
Seattle would have to cough up a very nice prospect package for those two players, although Zobrist’s contract might just be a swap-out for a player like Nick Franklin, who has Central Florida ties – and is 12 years younger.
Price (9-7) has had an excellent season, in spite of the team’s problems around him. He leads the AL with 164 strikeouts, and while his ERA (3.23) isn’t as good as his 2012 Cy Young season (2.60), he does have a career-best 1.070 WHIP.
Previous talks between these two teams about moving Price involved SP Taijuan Walker, who is a 21-year-old prospect that ranked 11th overall in Baseball America’s preseason rankings.
Interestingly, Zobrist came to the Rays as a result of another trade deadline deal, when the Rays traded Aubrey Huff, their best player at the time, to Houston for Zobrist in 2006.