Does the Kluber Trade Impact Price’s Market?

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The Texas Rangers have acquired two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians.  In return, the Indians receive OF Delino DeShields Jr. and RP Emmanuel Clase. 

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Kluber immediately becomes the Rangers ace in what now looks like a very formidable rotation.  The new looks Rangers rotation will now feature LHP Mike Minor, RHP Lance Lynn, and recently signed Kyle Gibson. 

Who the new look rotation will not feature?  Current Boston Red Sox lefty David Price.  Price has been connected to the Rangers this off-season as new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom looks to shed payroll while keeping his team competitive. 

The Red Sox starting pitching has some concerns.  One concern is the money tied into ace lefty Chris Sale, the three years and $96m owed to Price, and the albatross of a contract owed to Nathan Eovaldi that was signed last season.  Between Eovaldi and Price, Bloom and the Red Sox owe the duo $147 million dollars over the next three seasons.

Price alone isn’t going to net a return of some substance for the Red Sox.  Price, who isn’t a 200 inning starter anymore, but is an option for teams who miss out on the second tier free agents like Dallas Keuchel and Madison Bumgarner. 

The Rangers coming into the off-season projected to be big spenders to improve their roster.  In addition, the team is moving into a new ballpark in 2020.  Initial speculation had the Rangers and Red Sox moving undesirable contracts to each other.

With the Rangers acquiring Kluber, he is now their clear cut ace.  He brings a better outlook to the Rangers rotation, and it leaves Bloom and the Red Sox to find a new suitor for Price.

Do the Red Sox now turn their attention to the San Diego Padres to unload Price?

Price posted a 3.24 ERA in 16 first-half starts before injuries cut short the remainder of his 2019 season.

Price would be an intriguing option for the Padres.  The market seems more suitable for Price, who clearly hasn’t handled his time on Landsdowne very well.  Just ask Eck.

Could the Padres Wil Myers be an option in a Price trade?  Myers is owed $68.5 million for the rest of his deal.  A Myers trade to Boston would only account for $13.83 million, saving the Sox $17 million.

Myers is a liability defensively and doesn’t project as a first baseman, which is a need for Boston.

The Red Sox could also look to the Cincinnati Reds as a dance partner for Price.  The Reds are looking to compete and have Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo.  Adding Price would give the Reds a very strong rotation.

What could a Price to the Reds trade look like?

Reds acquire: LHP David Price (+Boston eats $12m per year of Price’s deal)

Red Sox acquire: RHP Anthony DeScalfini 
                             RHP Jared Solomon

This deal brings a starter to the lefty heavy rotation and the Red Sox acquire a young righty Solomon, who is projected as the Reds 20th best prospect. 

Bloom has his work cut out for him in trying to trade Price.  One thing is for certain, the Rangers didn’t give up a lot to acquire Kluber.  With the money owed to Price, the return for Price is going to be little to nothing.

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