|Tigers’ David Price won’t rule out trade to Red Sox||07.27.15 at 1:35 pm ET|
As the rumor mill spins regarding David Price‘s status on the trading block as well as his potential destinations, he spoke with WEEI.com’s John Tomase on Saturday, refusing to dismiss the Red Sox as his destination this offseason, despite some hostile moments with the team in the past.
“I won’t rule out anybody,” Price said. “If you can prove to me that you want me for the player that I am and the person that I am, I’ve got to respect that. If you have a formula to win and can do it over a sustained period of time, who doesn’t want to win? That’s why you play the game. It’s not about the money. It’s about being able to win now and in the years in the future. That’s what I want to do. I want to be a part of something special. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Price, who has been associated with teams like the Cubs and Dodgers of late, also showed his disdain for teams that would discount him simply because of his age (29).
“If you’re not going to sign a pitcher that’s 30, so be it,” he said. “I’ll cross you off my list.”
Furthermore, even though he will hit his third decade on Aug. 26, Price is certain that he is improving each and every year.
“I’m getting better,” he said. “I don’t care what anyone says [about 30]. I continue to get better. I’ve never been as good as I am right now. I know of a couple of ways that I can and will get better. I’m loving what I’m doing right now and the direction that I’m heading pitching-wise. I’m going to get better. I am.”
|Red Sox-Tigers series preview||07.24.15 at 1:10 pm ET|
After an abysmal road trip and start to the second half, the Red Sox return to Fenway to start a 10-game homestand with a three-game set against the Tigers.
Over the tail end of June and beginning of July, the Sox gained momentum and looked to be putting themselves in a position to make a run in the season’s second half. Instead, the Sox have won just one of their last 10 games and have gone 0-7 since the All-Star break.
All of a sudden the Red Sox, who had gotten as close as five games back in the AL East, own a 42-54 record. The team owns the worst record in the American League and sits 12 games behind the first-place Yankees in the division.
General manager Ben Cherington addressed the media on Wednesday and expressed disappointment with the team’s recent performance but did not indicate any change in the organization’s long-term plan.
“We’re not where we want to be. The last 10 days or so haven’t gone well and not the way we wanted them to go. I don’t think it changes anything in the big picture,” Cherington said. “We’ve still got to pursue things that are going to make us better and continue to try to build a good team as quickly as we can. The last 10 days haven’t gone the way we wanted it to.”
While the Red Sox’ struggles have made all the headlines in these parts, the Tigers have similarly failed to live up to their own expectations. The Tigers are 47-48, placing them third in the AL Central. The team has lost seven of its last 10 games
The Tigers are 10 1/2 games behind the Royals in the division. Because KC owns the second-best record in the majors, the Tigers (and the second-place Twins) face a steep road to being competitive and closing the divisional gap.
A week before the non-waiver trading deadline, rumors are starting to swirl throughout baseball about which players may be on the move and where they may go.
Given the Red Sox‘ spot in the standings, WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reported Wednesday that they will not pursue trades for high-profile pitchers in the last year of their contracts. That includes players like Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto or Detroit’s David Price.
Those types of players, however, remain likely to be traded to contending teams that feel an additional pitcher would put them over the top.
The last-place White Sox have yet to wave the white flag on their season. However, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the White Sox have been actively engaged in trade talks. One player teams may target is starter Jeff Samardzija. The Blue Jays have shown interest in trading for Samardzija, per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
The Tigers sit in third place in the AL Central well behind the first-place Royals. According to Morosi, Detroit will wait at least until the end of this weekend’s series in Boston before deciding whether to buy or sell at the deadline.
If the Tigers indeed end up as sellers, the most attractive piece to contenders will be Price, who owns a 2.31 ERA this season. The Blue Jays and Cubs both had scouts at Price’s start on Thursday, and both are in the market for pitchers as the deadline approaches, Morosi reported.
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has been consistently in the middle of trade rumors since spring training, and that will only persist in advance of the deadline. CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs have been in discussions about Hamels with the Phillies.
|David Price says David Ortiz isn’t same hitter: ‘If he was he’d be [at All-Star Game] right now’||07.14.15 at 5:13 pm ET|
Asked by WEEI.com prior to Tuesday’s All-Star Game if he thought Ortiz was the same hitter as he once was, Price didn’t hesitate.
“No, he’s not. He’s just different,” Price said. “If he was he’d be here right now.”
Price also said Ortiz did not reach out to him following last year’s incident. He said he doesn’t have a problem with Ortiz, though.
Another player in the American League clubhouse had a different take on Ortiz.
Albert Pujols of the Angels was asked what he thought of people saying Ortiz was “washed up” or nearing the end of his career.
“That’s what they said last year and he hit over 30 homers,” Pujols said. “Those are the critics and those are the people that need to go away and don’t watch any games.”
“He’s great. He’s one of the ambassadors of this game,” he added. “He’s been pretty much a face of the game. Great man, great friend of mine and a lot of things I have learned from him.”
Ortiz is batting .231 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs at the All-Star break.
|Buster Olney on Hot Stove Show: ‘Hard to imagine [Jon Lester signing for] less than $150 million’||12.05.14 at 8:02 am ET|
ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney, in an interview on WEEI’s Hot Stove Show, said that the bidding for free agent left-hander Jon Lester seems destined to clear $150 million. That likely outcome, in turn, will not reflect well on the Red Sox‘ approach to extension talks in spring training, when the team made a four-year, $70 million offer.
“It was mind-boggling,” said Olney. “If in fact Jon Lester ends up signing someplace else for about $150 million, and given the presence of the Cubs and the Dodgers and the Giants and the Red Sox, it’s hard to imagine that it’s going to be for less than $150 million, there’s no question that one of the biggest things you take away from that is, my goodness the Red Sox miscalculated. That offer, whether it’s the Red Sox signing Lester to $150 million or some other team doing it, your reaction is the Red Sox really misread where the market was going to end up winding up.”
Olney said that the industry is still trying to get a feel for what the Dodgers’ late entry into the Lester sweepstakes means.
“I’m surprised that the Dodgers are in this late. I think everyone is still trying to figure out how serious it is, but it certainly changes the dynamics dramatically. Imagine if you have a weekend poker game with three of your neighbors and then someone walks in with a stack of hundreds. That’s kind of what’s going on here,” said Olney. “Let’s face it, the timing of this was such that suddenly we heard from the Dodgers on the day the Dodgers were meeting with Lester, it may be the classic Red Sox-Yankees push the opponent to pay as much as possible. I think there’s reason to think that, but because the Dodgers have so much money, as one general manager said to me today, they’re the new Yankees. When they jump in, you’ve got to take them seriously just because of how much money they have. Quite frankly, if they want him, then they’re probably going to get him, unless Jon Lester has a serious problem pitching with L.A. We just don’t know yet if their end game is to sign Lester.”
Whenever Lester does sign, Olney expects a flurry of moves involving a starting pitching market that has yet to start moving. Free agents could come off the board quickly, and trade activity could be significant.
“[Lester is] the biggest domino. He’s the bottleneck in the whole marketplace right now,” said Olney. “I will tell you that talking with some teams today and this evening, they’re telling me that there’s a ton of talk going on. Whereas three days ago there were a lot of teams that were just inclined to wait until the Lester thing happened, I think the fact that it may not get resolved to the middle of the winter meetings — which is the latest timetable I heard — I think teams are now lining up to do other things. But [James] Shields is directly affected. If Shields, let’s say for argument’s sake, the feeling entering the winter was Shields was most likely to end up with the Dodgers or the Red Sox, and if one of those two teams winds up with Lester, that affects Shields. Maybe the Cubs look at Shields more seriously because of the history now with Joe Maddon, now that he’s their manager. I think for guys like Francisco Liriano and Brandon McCarthy, they’re waiting for Jon Lester so they can kind of draft in his wake.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Trade deadline roundup: David Price reportedly likely to be traded||07.31.14 at 2:46 pm ET|
The domino effect following the Jon Lester trade is in full force. David Price will be traded before the trade deadline, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. There are multiple teams that are in on Price. The Tigers are interested in the lefty’s services, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
The Dodgers are in talks with the Rays and are willing to part with top prospect Joc Pederson, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Peter Gammons, however, reports that the Dodgers are not in on Price.
Among the other teams said to be interested in Price are the Pirates and Mariners.
— The Reds are dangling Mat Latos in trades, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
Not only are #Reds not buying. Other teams say they’ve dangled Mat Latos. Looking for big return of course
‘ Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2014
–The Brewers acquired Gerardo Parra for minor leaguers Mitch Haninger and Anthony Banda. John Gambadoro of KTAR first reported the trade.
— The Athletics reportedly are getting numerous calls on Jason Hammel following the Lester trade.
Source: #Athletics getting ‘flooded’ with calls on Hammel. Weren’t planning to trade him, but . . .
‘ Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
— The Mariners acquired Chris Denorfia from the Padres, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
chris denorfia is going to the mariners
‘ Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014
|Trade deadline roundup: A’s send Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld; David Price trade talks reportedly intensify||at 12:32 pm ET|
Milone, a 27-year-old lefty, lost his spot in the A’s rotation when the team acquired the services of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. Milone recently asked to be traded to a team where he would have the opportunity to start. Before the trade, Milone was in Triple-A, where he was 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in four starts. In the majors in 2014, Milone is 6-3 with a 3.35 ERA.
In his career, Milone is 32-22 with a 3.84 ERA in parts of four seasons in the big leagues.
The 32-year-old Fuld hit .274/.370/.354 with one home run, 12 stolen bases in 43 games with the Twins this year. Fuld started the year with Oakland but was claimed off of waivers by the Twins in April. Fuld likely will be a part of an outfield platoon with Jonny Gomes for the A’s.
— Talks on David Price have intensified since Lester was dealt, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
‘ Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
|Trade deadline roundup: NL Central contenders reportedly head list of Jon Lester suitors||07.30.14 at 12:11 pm ET|
The Cardinals’ interest apparently has stirred the Brewers and Pirates, not only so they can get better but so they can keep him away from a rival. All three teams are within 1 1/2 games of each other atop the division.
Meanwhile, the other standout lefty from the American League East on the market appears less likely to be moved. While the Dodgers and Cardinals are said to remain interested in Rays ace David Price, the Rays’ recent hot streak (they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games) might help keep him in Tampa.
While Lester was scratched from Wednesday’s start, Price tweeted Wednesday morning that he’s planning to suit up for his team’s afternoon game against the Brewers, joking: This is my last start for the Rays….IN JULY!!! been up and been ready!!!
— According to multiple reports, the Phillies are making pitcher Cole Hamels available, but at a steep price.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies are only willing to pay $10 million of the remaining $90 million-plus on Hamels’ contract.
— The Cubs, who sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics earlier this month, plan to be involved in more trade discussions involving some of their players.
“I think we’ll be active,” general manager Jed Hoyer told Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Gonzalez. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we made no moves, but I guess I’d say I’d expect to be active. [Wednesday] is moving day. I’d expect things would be a lot more serious as we move into [Wednesday].”
Gonzalez reports that representatives from the Mets, Giants, Mariners and Dodgers watched Edwin Jackson start Tuesday night’s game. Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright after other names to watch.
— The Rangers reportedly are willing to pay some of the remaining salary due to outfielder Alex Rios, although the interest appears to be fading. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that there has been interest from the Indians, Reds, Royals and Giants.
|Will teams in David Price sweepstakes instead turn to Jon Lester?||07.25.14 at 2:58 pm ET|
With three straight losses on their way out of Toronto, the Red Sox‘ last-place standing in the division is becoming more and more rigidly defined by the day. The flicker of optimism about potential contention inspired by the team’s eight wins in nine games has yielded to the reality that it’s so very difficult for a team that has shown only rare bursts of strong play to reassert itself in the playoff hunt. The Sox are 9 1/2 games back in the division, and it feels like they’re 95 games back, as ever winning two out of every three remaining games would net the team just 87 wins — a longshot for the second wild card, let alone the division.
The Rays, meanwhile, are surging. They are 25-11, and so even though they are just 2 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox, they are hitting their stride in a fashion that validates the widespread view of Tampa Bay as the class of the division. Their seven-game deficit in the division somehow seems like a small fraction of what the Red Sox face.
And so it is that the Friday night pitching matchup of ace left-handers David Price and Jon Lester may represent a pendulum swing with repercussions to be realized throughout baseball. As the Rays surge, they seem increasingly inclined to hold onto Price unless they can command a ransom for an elite pitcher who is under team control for the duration of this season and then all of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox-Rays series preview||at 12:54 pm ET|
What a difference three days can make.
The Red Sox went into their four-game series in Toronto rolling. They had won six of their last seven games and had fans once again dreaming of a playoff push following a sweep of the Royals.
The streak reached its peak Monday with a 14-1 rout of their American League East rivals, and it was all downhill from there. The Sox lost the final three games of the series, capped off by an 8-0 loss Thursday afternoon in which they were no-hit through six innings.
The losses put the Red Sox all alone in the AL East cellar at 47-55, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Orioles and two games back of the fourth-place Rays, who the Sox play in a three-game series at Tropicana Field this weekend. It may have had an even bigger impact of the Red Sox’ approach to the July 31 trade deadline.
“I’m sure it’s going to have an impact on the type of trades that we make,” manager John Farrell said after Thursday’s game. “I will say this: I think there will be moves that will go on regardless of our record over the next seven days. All that will play out in due time.”
The Rays, on the other hand, come into the series playing their best baseball of the season. Tampa Bay has won seven straight games and 16 of its last 20, sneaking its way back into the playoff hunt. The Rays are 7 1/2 games back in the division and just 4 1/2 out of the wild card despite a middling 49-53 record.
Evan Longoria continues to be the leader of the Rays’ historically below-average lineup over the last half-decade. The third baseman leads the team in home runs (12), RBIs (50) and runs scored (54).
The pitching staff continues to be led by David Price, who has been at the center of trade talks this season. The rotation will also get a boost from Jeremy Hellickson, who will be called back up from the minor leagues to start for the Rays on Sunday, according to MLB.com. Hellickson has missed most of the season after getting elbow surgery in the winter. His only start for Tampa Bay this season came on July 8.
The Sox-Rays rivalry has been especially heated this season thanks to a pair of benches-clearing incidents and countless ejections. This weekend’s meeting may be tamed, however, with David Ortiz likely to miss some, if not all, of this series after suffering back spasms in Thursday’s game.
Here are the probable pitching matchups for the three-game series.
Friday: Jon Lester (10-7, 2.50 ERA) vs. David Price (10-7, 3.06 ERA)
Saturday: John Lackey (11-6, 3.66 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (6-5, 3.31 ERA)
Sunday: Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 2.08 ERA)
WHO’S HOT: RED SOX
— Whether contract talks are ongoing or not, Jon Lester continues to prove to the Red Sox he deserves to be paid like an ace. The lefty has shut out opponents in three of his last four starts, including a four-hitter over eight innings last Sunday against the Royals, and has allowed two runs or fewer in his last seven outings, all of which have been Red Sox wins.
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