The Rays currently own the worst record in baseball at 31-47, and by all indications they will trade away some players at the deadline to restock the organization with young players. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Tampa Bay is prepared to trade David Price "right now," though no deal is imminent.
Last week Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported the Yankees, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Giants and Indians all had high-level and/or additional scouts on hand for Price's start against the Astros. He struck out 12 and held Houston to two runs in eight innings. All five clubs on hand could use rotation help.
Price, 28, has gone 5-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 16 starts and 115 2/3 innings this season. He leads all of baseball with 133 strikeouts and has only walked 13 batters. That 10.23 K/BB ratio would be the highest in history if he manages to keep it up all season.
Price's salary may be prohibitive for some clubs. He is due the rest of his $14 million salary this year and will remain under team control as an arbitration-eligible player next year, when his salary could climb to $20 million. Price will become a free agent after the 2015 campaign.