David Price’s Trade Market Is About To Heat Up

This past Sunday night, Los Angeles Dodgers free-agent starter Hyun-Jin Ryu agreed to a four-year $80 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. The deal with the 32-year-old left hander will be a significant addition to a Toronto rotation that posted a combined earned run average of 4.79. That is especially true considering Ryu led the National League in ERA last season (2.32).

Another thing that comes with the Ryu signing is the fact that the free agent market for starting pitching is as bare as it gets. The best starters available are now Homer Bailey, 40-year-old Rich Hill, and Andrew Cashner: yikes.

However, this means that teams in search of a significant boost to the rotation will start to explore trade options around the league. And with the Boston Red Sox looking to shed payroll, David Price becomes one of the top options around the league.

The Sox would be looking for a somewhat valuable return if they were to move Price- according to Mlb.com’s Mark Feinsand- but with Boston’s desire to shed payroll, moving Price’s $32 million a year contract should be an easy task for Boston (especially if they want to retain Mookie Betts).

It remains to be seen how Boston will manage their payroll situation, but moving Price is an obvious solution even if Boston has to eat some of the money that goes with his contract. So with the free agent market dwindling, it seems likelier and likelier that the Sox move Price if teams become more willing to give up something of value.

-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)

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