How do you round out a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu? Add former 20-game winner David Price.
The Dodgers have reportedly called the Rays to ask about Price, who may be moved during this week’s winter meetings if the right deal comes along for Tampa. The Dodgers are not expected to go hard after Price, but have told the Rays to keep them in mind.
A lot of other stuff would have to fall through for the Dodgers to have a shot at the 2012 Cy Young winner. The Rays are seeking a healthy package of prospects in exchange for Price and right now the Dodgers are not exactly loaded with such prospects.
Price if shopped should be a hot commodity at the meetings despite his suffering through a somewhat injury-marred 2013 season. His won-loss record dipped to 10-8 this year after his big 2012 mark of 20-5, and his ERA swelled from 2.56 during his Cy year to 3.33. But his 2013 WHIP was actually down from his Cy WHIP. Clearly he is still a top lefty starter in the league.
The Mariners, Angels, Pirates, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays are all supposedly in on the Price sweepstakes. Again, the Rays will not necessarily be shopping Price, as they still have control of him through 2015. But if someone wows them with an offer, they are apparently willing to make the deal happen.