The Los Angeles Dodgers will be one of the more interesting teams to watch heading into July 31st's MLB Trade Deadline -- especially with the team's recent history of pulling off creative deals both via trade and free agency. With that being said, here's 2 Dodgers Trade Rumors You Need To Know For July 23rd.
David Price to Los Angeles?
Reports out of Detroit indicated that veteran ace David Price will not return to the Tigers, trade or not. With that in mind, the likelihood that the Tigers will look to garner a return for the 29-year-old lefty -- especially with the team hanging by a thread in the American League Wild Card and Central races -- is increasing dramatically.
If so, ESPN's Jon Heyman believes the Dodgers would be the likeliest landing spot for Price.
"If Price should become 'available' available, there's little doubt he'd join Cueto and Hamels as the Dodgers' main pitchers of interest (consider that Dodgers honcho Andrew Friedman surely loves Price from their Tampa days, though ultimately he was the one who dealt him away last July 31 after attempts by him to pry Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias from LA failed)," Heyman wrote on Thursday.
Price would be a rental, but the Dodgers and their ever-expanding payroll could easily consider this a prelude to a blockbuster long-term agreement this winter.
James Shields an option?
If the Tigers decide to hold onto Price or the Dodgers balk at the return that would be necessary to land him, an under-the-radar trade possibility would be San Diego's James Shields.
"While he's produced about as expected, the backloaded deal will limit a potential taker, to the point where one rival said, "They'd probably have to pay some of it down," Heyman wrote. "He's a tough guy, but his stuff isn't as good as Samardzija, Cueto or, of course, Price (his former Rays teammate). Friedman had him in Tampa, too. A return to KC would seem less than likely and a rough outing at Texas may make the Rangers a bit less interested than they were in winter."
Shields is 8-3, pitching to a 3.77 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with 144 strikeouts in 21 starts. He is slated to make $63 million over the next three years, plus an option year in 2019 with a $2 million buyout.Back to the Los Angeles Dodgers Newsfeed