Giants trade rumors: Could San Francisco target David Price, Yoenis Cespedes or Rajai Davis of the Tigers?
Jul 21, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price (14) in the dugout before the game against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Am I the only one who thinks Price looks like he belongs in a Giants uniform? Wouldn’t it be great if Bobby Evans and company felt the same way?
Ah, the important questions in life. Regardless of whether they do or don’t, adding a franchise player like Price would come at an immense cost, particularly with him matching, if not outdoing, his Cy Young campaign with the Rays. By the numbers:
2012: 20-5, 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 205 SO
2015: 9-3, 2.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 127 SO
Yowza. Given those stats, San Francisco would probably be looking at a package involving several of their top prospects—I’m talking Tyler Beede, Kyle Crick and any top-10 guy not named Christian Arroyo (the Tigers already have Jose Iglesias at short).
Essentially, adding Price would all but deplete the Giants’ next wave of homegrown talent.
A couple other hold-ups:
- There are at least seven other teams in line for Price, with the Dodgers, Blue Jays and Cubs rumored to be the frontrunners.
- All of the Giants end-of-rotation starters have full no-trade clauses, meaning they would have to waive one of the Tims or Jake Peavy to make space.
Now, if the Giants are willing to pony up, they could accommodate the remainder of Price’s 2015 salary (less than $10 million) without going into the luxury tax. More importantly, with several big contracts coming off the books after this season (over $50 million in total), they could potentially work out a long-term agreement with the lefty in the offseason.
Other than it being feasible from a dollars and cents perspective, another thing to consider is that the Giants are actually doing very well for themselves on offense, making pitching their top priority. There’s also the historical frame of bringing the rotation back to its 2010 dominance, but that’s just me being sentimental.
In summary, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants get in the mix, but Price would likely move to one of the interested parties with a fully stocked farm (read: Cubs, Pirates, Mets, Dodgers).
Next: On to Cespedes possibility