Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price delivers a pitch during the first inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays interested in trading for David Price?

According to Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports the Toronto Blue Jays are one of a handful of clubs that are interested in pursuing the services of Tampa Bay Rays’ LHP David Price and “believe they can put together the sort of package” according to Passan’s source.

However before we get too excited as Blue Jays fans (or start an uproar over the potential players that could be involved) it’s important to note that, again according to Passan, that many believe the Seattle Mariners are the favourites to land Price. They’ve also been linked to the cream of this year’s free agent class, 2B Robinson Cano, after OF Jacoby Ellsbury recently agreed to sign with the New York Yankees. Passan also lists the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks as possible suitors.

Price, 28, was the American League’s Cy Young winner in 2012 and boasts impressive career marks of 3.19 ERA, 1.158 WHIP and 3.06 K/BB rate. He walked a career-low 1.3 batters per nine innings in 2013. He did see a slight drop in fastball velocity but was dealing with a strained triceps that forced him to miss six weeks of the season.

I don’t want to speculate what type of package would be required from the Blue Jays to land Price but for reference according to Yahoo Sports’ sources the Mariners have considered including RHP Taijuan Walker, who is ranked as the fourth best prospect in baseball at MLB.com.

The Blue Jays appear to still be in “win-now” mode so their assumed interest in Price makes sense but the question remains how much of the future is GM Alex Anthopoulos willing to sacrifice to land a big fish this off-season. Passan notes that the Rays don’t have any specific holes to fill on their roster but it sounds like they are looking for at least one MLB-ready pitcher to join the rotation in 2014.

With the Winter Meetings set to begin next week speculation should continue to be hot and heavy around Price. He’s superior to any of the pitchers available in this year’s free agent market and also comes with two remaining years of reasonably priced team control. The Rays may not be willing to deal within the division so the Jays interest in Price could be a moot point but it looks like they are at least sitting at the table for now.

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  • Jeremy Russell

    Without a doubt, if it happens its a bad deal for the Jays. There isnt a single way this can work out where the Jays dont overpay significantly.

  • Erik Trenouth

    I don’t know if I actually see the Jays trading off minor league prospects much more this winter. Unless they are able to get someone like Price without overpaying (not likely) I wonder if the Jays would be better served signing Capuano and Feldman and letting Hutchinson, Drabek, Nolin and Stroman develop for a bit longer.

  • david s

    Would the Rays send Price to a divisional rival? I doubt it. Still, go for it… if the Price is right.

  • tookie

    They dont have enough talent left (other than stroman) to trade for him….that being said I’d give up every decent prospect that remains…hes a legit ace (which they still dont have) and hes got 2 years left on his contract…the future is now for this team…in 2-3 seasons they’re going to have rebuild anyways so might as well go for it…AA went “all in” trading Darnaud and syndegaard…no point in backtracking now

  • Bob Loblaw

    Good god I hope this doesn’t happen. Maybe it’s posturing, and they’re trying to show the Cubs front office that they have other options. Doug Fister would have been a great option. What the fubjbjb

  • Quincy-Sam

    The Rays will ask too much. They will wait until the trade deadline. Teams that are in it might just pay even more than they are asking now. If the Rays are somehow in it, he won’t go anywhere.

  • revolu888

    No, not for price. Not only will it be an overpay, but the prospects we trade back to the Rays will come and bite us back in the butt over the course of several years. Price only gives us 2.
    Interdivisional trades are never a good idea.

  • Terry Cullen

    I can understand the concern in trading away some prospects, but would Price not be the best pitcher in the Blue Jays lineup if the trade was made? Two years might not seem so bad if he helps bring us to the post season.

  • Jensan

    Price and Shark , no way, those are two year pitchers
    My desire Sale and Danks for Sanchez+Stilson+Nolin+Goes+Drabek+Rogers.
    Make this deal.