After much talk the past few years, the Tampa Bay Rays finally appear ready to trade a starting pitcher. In fact, they could even trade two, considering that they've got eight to choose from.
So, is there a scenario in which the Rays could move both left-hander David Price and righty James Shields? Of course, if the respective prices are right. The Rays, though, are more likely to deal just one starter. And industry sources are skeptical that they will trade Price or Shields, given the weakened state of the AL East.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox surely will make improvements, but rarely in recent times have the two superpowers appeared this vulnerable in November. The Rays control Shields for two more seasons and Price for three. They could trade righty Jeremy Hellickson or even lefty Matt Moore for a big bat, and be a serious contender again next season.
One rival executive says there is "no chance" the Rays will move Price, but next offseason could be a ...