Re: Red Sox set to acquire David Price !
posted at 3/6/2014 9:00 PM EST
In response to notin's comment:
In response to JIMMYPROFFER's comment:
Nice fluff piece.
No way the Rays trade him within the division.
I think it makes more sense for Tampa to trade him to Boston than anywhere else.
Once they trade Price, they are weakening their chances to win in the present, and are all about building for the near future. And they will take the best prospect(s) they can get to help them do that. Sure it helps Boston win now, but once they deal Price, Tampa is in a much weaker position to challenge for the division anyway, regardless of where he goes.
However, those Tampa teams with their prospects will be competing against the young talent coming up into Boston, which is also very good. But if Tampa managed to get a few of those Sox prospects, they could weaken the future of the Red Sox at the same time as strengthening their own, making their chances of a successful re-build all that much better. Or, they could send Price to another division and let Boston keep their young talent and (hopefully) remain competitive.
Do I think Tampa will do it? I doubt it. But intra-divisional trades for superstar players are not exactly unheard of and absolutely do make sense. I would think that’s was part of the reason Seattle traded Cliff Lee to Texas when they had a slew of other teams trying to get him…
The "significant" interdivision trade has become almost obsolete with the unbalanced schedule, more playoff spots and the fact that more teams have money to spend with the revenue sharing, TV contracts, etc. Most teams, outside of maybe Houston & Chicago feel they can compete "now."
The Lee trade was made by Seattle because they were going nowhere fast being 16 games out of first and needed an influx of talent as they weren't attracting any free agents. The Rangers were on the cusp of bankruptcy, were being run by the league, hadn't sniffed the playoffs in 10 years & obviously were in between owners. It was a unique situation and one where the Rangers Front Office could afford to take a risk to win "now," since there was no job security.
The Sox/Rays situation is entirely different, right down to the General Managers. Andrew Freidman would supposedly sell his sole before he would make an inter-division trade of any significance & Ben Cherington is known for being against trading young talent.
Maybe if Kenny Williams takes over in Tampa & Jack Zduriencik takes over in Boston...nope, still wouldn't happen.