Friday, June 20, 2014

ESPN Insider Explains How Yankees Could Acquire Price

For years, Rays Pitcher David Price has been a thorn in the Yankees side.

The 28-year-old lefty, 5-6 with a 3.93 ERA this season, has helped the Yanks' rival win two AL East titles and two Wild Card births during his tenure with them, helping turn the franchise from a seller to a buyer.

Fortunately for the Bombers, that isn't the case in 2014, as Tampa Bay is currently looking to unload.

And the Yankees may just get their biggest guy.

According to ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden, the Pinstripes are the 4th most likely team to acquire the Rays' ace, behind only the Angels, Blue Jays, and White Sox. 

In order to do so, Bowden writes, they'd have to be willing to part with three big prospects: Catcher Gary Sanchez, Pitcher Luis Severino, and First Basemen Peter O'Brien. 

Sanchez, arguably the Yanks' top guy in the minors, could fill Tampa's need for a reliable long-term backstop, while Severino and O'Brien would give them another young hurler and a much-needed big bat.

Because of the obvious rivalry between the two clubs and the better offers expected to come from Anaheim and Toronto, Price getting dealt to the Yankees still seems pretty unlikely, although the idea of him eventually putting on Pinstripes is definitely possible, as Price will be a first-time free agent after the 2015 season. 

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