It's not that surprising a rumor considering the Rays don't often shell out big-money deals and the Dodgers, under their new ownership group, have made two high-profile deals in the last year plus (Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins and Adrian Gonzalez/Carl Crawford/Josh Beckett/taking on $250 million from the Boston Red Sox).
Peter Gammons reported a vague possible deal revolving around Corey Seager, Julio Urias, Joc Pederson, and either Zach Lee or Chris Withrow. I have no doubts the Dodgers would be interested in and listen on Price, but the proposed deal from Gammons and his sources -- as well as any notion the Dodgers would trade Seager for Price -- is something the club should not pull the trigger on under any circumstances.
Dodgers Don't Need David Price
David Price's presence on the Dodgers is not a necessity for their advancement toward a World Series berth and title. The club failed to move past Game 6 of the NLCS due to a lack of offense and injuries to key offensive contributors (Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier) as well as poor managing. It was not a lack of pitching that cost the club this season.
Price would be a luxury LA and its fans would love to have, but not a necessity the Dodgers must overpay for with most of their high-end minor-league talent.
Don't Gut the Rebuilt Farm System
Every team should aim to win every year in theory, but, in reality, sports organizations can't continually mortgage the future for the present without eventual repercussions. The Dodgers are set at the major league level to complete for the next few years, and in order to keep that success going beyond that they need to cultivate prospects.
Trading an elite and young prospect like Corey Seager, who's currently manning shortstop and will almost certainly move to third base before making his major league debut, would destroy an area of current and future need (left side of the infield, impact prospect bat) the Dodgers have been exceptionally thin at for years.
The Dodgers have long developed pitching with the best of them but have struggled to develop young hitters, and, when they do, they often get traded away or turn out to be busts at the major league level, if they even advance that far before flaming out.
They've rebuilt the minor league pipeline since the new ownership group took over, and to gut it so soon thereafter to acquire a player who represents what is already an organizational strength would be a waste.
The Rays Don't Usually Get the Worse End of a Trade
Wil Myers plus prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis; Edwin Jackson from the Dodgers for Danys Baez and Lance Carter; Ben Zobrist for Aubrey Huff; J.P. Howell for Joey Gathright; Matt Garza for Delmon Young; and many, many more. The Tampa Bay Rays and their intelligent front office have become excellent traders, rarely getting had in a transaction.
The Dodgers under Ned Colletti have not fared as well, to put it nicely. This is especially the case before the Marlins dumped HanRam and the Red Sox dumped AGon and half a billion in payroll to a team newly flushed with oodles of straight cash, homey.
Giving up a half-decade plus of a cost-controlled young stud like Corey Seager plus other impact prospects like Zach Lee and Julio Urias for what could amount to just a year or two of David Price (he's eligible for free agency after 2015) makes no sense for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
No acquisition guarantees a World Series berth or title, and considering the Dodgers' issue has long been getting consistent offensive production, sending away a future stud position player with a fantastic bat for another arm is even less of a sane idea for a club that will -- as I recently discussed -- already compete for a title as soon as next year with the currently constructed roster.
Greg Zakwin is the founder of Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle, a Dodgers' and sports card blog. He writes with an analytical tilt about The Blue Crew at ChadMoriyama.com. You can find and follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke. A graduate of UCLA in 2011 with a Bachelor's in History, he's been a follower of the Dodgers since birth and still mourns the loss of both Mike Piazza and Carlos Santana.
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