Detroit Tigers: Top trade deadline suitors for David Price
Kansas City Royals
May 22, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals players Omar Infante (14), Alcides Escobar (2), Eric Hosmer (35), and Mike Moustakas (8) celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
What!? How can you even think about trading one of the best pitchers in the league to a division rival?
Well, it’s actually quite plausible. With the Tigers on the decline and the Royals on the rise, it’s not as though the two clubs will be competing with one another during the stretch of the season. If the Tigers were to face Price in the later months, it wouldn’t really matter.
Another fact to consider is that even in their wildest dreams, the Royals cannot afford to sign Price to a long-term deal. The team couldn’t even lock up James Shields and he signed for way less than what Price will. If traded to Kansas City, Price will be nothing more than a rent-a-player.
Kansas City has everything; a stellar offense, a lock-down bullpen, and a quality starting rotation. The only thing they are missing is a definite ace that will lead them to the playoffs. Price could be that definite ace.
Another thing working in Kansas City (and Detroit’s) favor is the amount of talent the Royals have to offer to Detroit. There is no shortage of talent in the KC clubhouse, a nice return for the Tigers is highly likely if a deal is made.