By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox might have a handful of suitors interested in trading for left-hander David Price, according to a report from Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
Feinsand wrote Thursday that at least five teams have been involved in trade discussions with Boston regarding the 2012 American League Cy Young award winner. The Red Sox are believed to be making Price available in an attempt to slash payroll ahead of the 2020 season.
“Among the teams in play for Price are the Padres, Cardinals, White Sox and Reds, while the Angels have also been in contact with the Red Sox, according to sources,” Feinsand wrote.
This follows a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday indicating that “multiple teams” had reached out to the Red Sox regarding Price’s availability.
If the Red Sox want to move Price, the stars may have aligned as the cost for pitchers is skyrocketing to heights never seen before. Price is owed $96 million over the next three years, a cost that entering this offseason may have seemed prohibitive but might not anymore for pitching-needy teams.
Free agent left-hander Madison Bumgarner is reportedly looking for somewhere north of $100 million and Zach Wheeler is already locked up in Philadelphia for $118 million. Teams like the Angels that were reportedly willing to spend top dollar but were outbid for Gerrit Cole ($324 million with the Yankees) and Stephen Strasburg ($245 million in Washington) could also view Price as a viable alternative.
But Boston still might have to eat some money to make a trade work. Insiders like Passan and Ken Rosenthal have also suggested that the Red Sox could consider attaching Andrew Benintendi to a trade to entice a team to take on more of Price’s salary.
But according to Feinsand’s report, that type of deal doesn’t sound likely.
“A source said that concept has not been considered by Boston’s front office — nor will it be, especially not with Benintendi, Feinsand wrote. “‘That’s not going to happen,’ the source said.”
Feinsand reported the Padres have approached the Red Sox with taking on the contract of Wil Myers, who is owed $67.5 million over the next three years, in return for Price. He also suggested the Cardinals could offer up Matt Carpenter ($37 million over the next two years with an option for 2022) for the lefty.
Price’s 2019 season was shut down early due to a cyst on his wrist. He was limited to 22 starts and turned in a 7-5 record with a 4.28 ERA. The lefty had surgery in September and all indications point to him being ready for the 2020 season.
Price does not have a no-trade clause, a key element should the Red Sox try and trade him.