With Rays' asking Price, no wonder Nats looked elsewhere

With Rays' asking Price, no wonder Nats looked elsewhere
December 17, 2013, 3:30 pm
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With a need at starting pitcher – and a recent track record of making bold moves – the Nationals were tied to David Price in trade rumors on several occasions, with nothing concrete ever really being reported. They simply seemed like a good fit.

Then the Nats surprised many by pulling off a deal to bring in Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers, giving up what many consider a pittance of a price. What they gave up (Ian Krol, Steve Lombardozzi and Robbie Ray) wouldn’t have landed Price, but Fister is more than an adequate piece to add to their rotation.

On Tuesday some light was shed on why the Nats were probably never actually in on the former number one pick. The expected return from the Tampa Bay Rays is, um, rather steep.

The Cleveland Indians checked in on the former Cy Young winner and in turn were asked to give up Carlos Santana, one of the game’s best young catchers, and Danny Salazar, one of Cleveland’s best young pitchers. Oh, and that’s just the starting point. They also wanted top prospects from the Indians' system.

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The report comes from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and suggests the Rays may have a tough time finding a suitor. Price has two years left on his contract and can be a free agent after 2015. He could amount to just a rental, and they want that much in return?

The Nationals ended up giving way less to Detroit to bring Fister to Washington. Price is a better pitcher than Fister, but how much better? Not enough to trade their best young pieces, apparently.