Dodgers Rumors: ‘All-Out Bidding War’ Expected In David Price Trade

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As the Los Angeles Dodgers remain one of the teams interested in Cole Hamels and David Price, who may not be available, they are set to acquire Mat Latos, Mike Morse and a competitive balance draft pick from the Miami Marlins, reports indicated Wednesday morning.

While Latos has improved as the season has progressed, he’s not the big splash many are expecting from Los Angeles. Trading for Price certainly would fit that description and according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the Dodgers are one of three teams expected to aggressively pursue the left-hander:

Price last pitched Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss against his former team. The loss dropped the Detroit Tigers to four games under .500 and 13.5 back of the Royals for first place in the American League Central entering play Wednesday.

Additionally, Detroit began the day seven and a half games out of a Wild Card spot. Nonetheless, it isn’t believed they’ve yet to enter the market as sellers. The Dodgers’ interest in Price dates back multiple seasons and now includes the Andrew Friedman connection.

It was previously reported the Tigers would seek a pitching prospect that’s capable of contributing in the Majors next season as part of the return for Price. In the Dodgers case that description most applies to Julio Urias, though Los Angeles has thus far indicated the young lefty is for all intents and purposes untradeable.

Moreover, the risk of Price being a rental further decreases the likelihood Urias would be included as part of the package. The Toronto Blue Jays recently acquired LaTroy Hawkins and Troy Tulowitzki in a trade with the Colorado Rockies. Conversely, the New York Yankees have yet to enter the trade market.


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  1. I’d rather see LA finish second this year to SF and do nothing in the playoffs than watch them trade Urias for Price. I fear that not even LA will be willing to pay premium salaries to 3 starting pitchers, which would mean that either Price walks after the season or Greinke is allowed to leave. Greinke has shown that he is dominant pitching in LA. Price probably would be too, but there’s no reason whatsoever not bring Greinke back

    1. Noooooo! I can’t stand another year of the Giants doing anything better than us. I would trade Urias for Hamels if we got something else of value back. Maybe Ben Revere to bat leadoff and play Left or Center. This would allow Joc to sit and figure out what he’s doing wrong. Maybe even another reliever.

      1. Their not going to sit Joc plus add another outfielder we need pitching period.. I wouldn’t trade Urias or Seager if Hamels comes at a cheaper price I say give up a bunch of 2nd tier prospects and maybe a utility man like SVS or Alex Guerrero

      2. Be objective. LA needs to look at the long game, not just some desperate attempt to finish ahead of SF this year. They’ve won the division the past two seasons, and where has that gotten them? They still can’t get it done in the playoffs, largely because their bats go silent against St. Louis pitching. This team looks inferior to the past two LA teams (largely because Puig is virtually worthless). Let’s retool in the offseason, try to add another impact bat, and take our chances next year before we blow up the farm system only to come up short against the Cardinals or Giants in the playoffs again, simply because this team has zero chemistry and tends to choke in the clutch.

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