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The despair of trading David Price in a pennant race

The despair of trading David Price in a pennant race

King David de-throned by the paupers. Andrew Friedman and the Tampa Bay Rays are, quite simply, relentless. Whether it is evidenced by not making trades at so many previous deadlines, or by trading Scott Kazmir and James Big Game Shields at the height of their Tampa Bay popularity, then continuing a march toward playoff contention and several appearances, everything about this team and this front office is remarkably consistent. The Rays had a price to pay for anyone who wished to acquire their incredibly gifted, young southpaw -- a former CY Young winner and current CY Young contender --...
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Who is Willy Adames?

Who is Willy Adames?

The third player the Rays are receiving for David Price could be a good infielder In the Rays' three team trade sending away David Price, they apparently acquired three players: infielder Nick Franklin, pitcher Drew Smyly, and infielder Willy Adames.  The first two are no longer prospects, but Adames surely is. In Baseball America's mid-season update, he was ranked fifth in a thin Detroit farm system, and for all intents and purposes at this time, he was higher since two of the prospects ranked ahead of him were traded to Texas for Joakim Soria. Considering he was ranked 30th entering the...
DRaysBay 3 hours ago
MLB trade deadline: David Price traded to Tigers

MLB trade deadline: David Price traded to Tigers

Oh boy. According to Ken Rosenthal Source: #Tigers get Price. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014 Updated tweet from Heyman, though not clear on if these players are headed to the Rays. austin jackson and drew smyly in price deal — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014 Tampa Bay Times beat reporter Mark Topkin has chimed in with some clarification: #Rays are indeed getting Nick Franklin from #Mariners, per @TNT_Mariners. CF Austin Jackson going to #Mariners — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 31, 2014 And reports that LHP Drew Smyly goes to #Rays. None of this...
Rays Index 3 hours ago

DONE DEALS! David Price Traded To Tiger And Ben Zobrist To The Pirates

According to Bob Nightengale, David Price has been traded to the Detroit Tigers and Ben Zobrist has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. More to com. © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
Rays Index 5 hours ago

Report: David Price Will Be Traded Today

Well, just when it looked like there was no way the Rays would trade David Price, comes this bombshell from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Been told #Rays are definitely moving Price — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2014 The question becomes, to whom? © The Professor for […]
DRaysBay 6 hours ago

MLB Trade Deadline: Yoenis Cespedes to the AL East

Red Sox intend to compete. Duh. Everyone knew that the Red Sox were going to trade Jon Lester, but the deal they struck still managed to surprise. I was worried about a trade with the Baltimore Orioles that would keep talent inside the division, so I guess this is a bullet dodged, but it doesn't quite feel that way. Boston is sending Jonny Gomes and some cash west to Oakland, in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance draft pick. This deal points to something we already knew -- Boston intends to compete next year. There is no down cycle for the Evil Empire II....
Rays Index 7 hours ago

Rumors Of A David Price Trade Have Picked Up After Huge Red Sox Trade

Earlier today, the Red Sox made a huge deal, sending Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the A’s for Yoenis Cespedes. With Lester now off the market, several teams looking for a starting pitcher have now turned their attention to the Rays, among others. Here is the latest. If there […]
DRaysBay 9 hours ago
Trade Deadline Open Thread

Trade Deadline Open Thread

Speculate wildly along with us We'll be updating this post throughout the day with any trade happenings. Update: Fresh off the presses as I make this post, Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes been traded to the Oakland A's for Yoenis Cespedes.
Rays Index 10 hours ago

There Is A Scenario In Which The Rays Keep David Price Next Year And Everybody Wins

Let me preface this by saying I still think the Rays should trade David Price whenever Andrew Friedman thinks he can get the best deal. But what if there was a scenario in which Price stays with the Rays through next season and everybody wins? Follow me down the rabbit […]
DRaysBay 10 hours ago

The Rays Tank: The next 24 hours

WHAT WILL HAPPEN?! "Probably he won't be traded tomorrow, but he might. David Price is the best pitcher this organization has ever had. He's already won one Cy Young award, and if not for the current ridiculous of Felix Hernandez, he would be on the inside track for another. You'd like to see a pitcher like that go out triumphant, when he goes, the way James Shields did (complete game, one run, two hits, fifteen strikeouts, albeit in a loss). Maybe this was only his last start for the Rays in July, as Price tweeted, but if it was his last ever, well, that's a shame." - Ian, in last...
Rays Index 11 hours ago

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing More Trade Rumors And The Return Of The Ugly Offense

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Brewers 5, RAYS 0 (boxscore) THE GOOD (I couldn’t come up with anything, so I outsourced today’s Good and asked some people on Twitter for something […]
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Rays down on the farm July 31: Kirsch solid in Bowling Green win

Chris Kirsch went to Lackawanna College along with former Dunder Mifflin executive Ryan Howard Chris Kirsch was drafted by the Rays in the 14th round in 2012.  At the time, Baseball America noted he had potential for three average pitches, and his pedestrian 13.8% strikeout rate seems to back that up.  Over 50% of the balls in play against him are on the ground though.  He turns 23 over the off-season, so it would be nice to see him at a higher level soon. While Kirsch was good, it's important to check out what the big hit in Bowling Green's win was. Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-51) Alex...
Rays Index 20 hours ago

David Price Thought The Trade Deadline Was Today

Over the last couple of days, David Price has made several comments that suggest that he thinks there are only 30 days in July (“today is everybody’s last start in July”). But none more than realizing that the trade deadline was still a day away. © The Professor for Rays […]
DRaysBay 20 hours ago
Rays vs. Brewers, game 3 recap: David Price off the mark, offense absent

Rays vs. Brewers, game 3 recap: David Price off the mark, offense absent

Yovani Gallardo shuts the Rays down through seven. Probably he won't be traded tomorrow, but he might. David Price is the best pitcher this organization has ever had. He's already won one Cy Young award, and if not for the current ridiculous of Felix Hernandez, he would be on the inside track for another. You'd like to see a pitcher like that go out triumphant, when he goes, the way James Shields did (complete game, one run, two hits, fifteen strikeouts, albeit in a loss). Maybe this was only his last start for the Rays in July, as Price tweeted, but if it was his last ever, well, that's a...
DRaysBay Jul 30, 2014

Postgame thread: Price fizzles in last July start

This looked like a bad game to watch. David Price walked TWO people. Source: FanGraphs Although, from a pure baseball perspective, it's probably worth my time to tune in to a replay for Yovani Gallardo's sake. Full recap will be up tonight. Price is still a Ray.
Rays Index Jul 30, 2014

The Number Of Teams Willing To Trade For David Price Appears To Be Dwindling

Two of the teams that were believed to be most interested in trading for David Price appear to have taken themselves out of the market. The Cardinals were one team that was looking for a starting pitcher and appeared to have the prospects that could have gotten a deal done. […]
Rays Index Jul 30, 2014

Tailgating Game 108: A Big Sign That David Price Won’t Be Traded

Playing A Little Pepper… If David Price makes his start today, it will be a huge sign that he won’t be traded. If the Rays are close on any potential deal, that other team is going to want Price to skip today’s start which would mean one extra start for […]
DRaysBay Jul 30, 2014
MLB Trade Deadline: Jon Lester to the Orioles or Blue Jays is the trade for Rays fans to root against

MLB Trade Deadline: Jon Lester to the Orioles or Blue Jays is the trade for Rays fans to root against

Inter-division trades are only bad for the rest of the division. Jon Lester was scratched from his start today, in anticipation of a possible move at the trade deadline. Most of the chatter is about the Dodgers, the Cardinals, and the Pirates, but are two other teams allegedly in the mix that Rays fans should be rooting against in this market. Six teams still in on Lester, according to source with direct knowledge: Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Blue Jays, Orioles, Athletics — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 30, 2014 Come on, National League. Outbid the Orioles and the Blue...
DRaysBay Jul 30, 2014

Rays Tank: One more game

The Rays have one more game to play before the non-waiver trading deadline. Yesterday, they got it done against Matt Garza and the Brewers, but received almost no help from the rest of the league against the teams they're chasing. The Orioles walked off against Anaheim in the 12th. The Blue Jays continued to dominate Boston. The Mariners beat Cleveland. New York won a slugfest against the Rangers. Only Kansas City lost, 2-1, to the Twins. The Rays are now one game behind the Royals. Playoff odds holding steady at 15%. As for the trading deadline, Jon Lester has been scratched from his start...
Rays Index Jul 30, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing Win Expectations, Starting Pitching, And Bossman The Third

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 5, Brewers 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. First it was the home run in the 6th inning that tied the game (obviously not as […]

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