Could Ruben Amaro be looking to add a top starter to the rotation? A report from Ken Rosenthal earlier today suggested that the Phillies are interested in pursuing a trade for Tampa Bay starter David Price. Price is due for salary arbitration, and the Rays are reportedly willing to unload him in order to avoid seeing their payroll rise significantly.
A Price trade with be intriguing on many levels. He’s a good, young lefthanded starter who has pitched in a very competitive division and in some big playoff games throughout his career. In 2012, he won 20 games with a 2.56 ERA. Last year he took a bit of a step back, winning only 10 games with a 3.33 ERA.
To get Price, the Phils would probably have to part with outfielder Domonic Brown. Brown would give the Rays an exciting young major-league ready outfielder that could add a bit of pop to their offense. I’d be all for dealing Brown to get Price. Brown has shown that he’s a starting caliber outfielder, but after his hot run in May, he wasn’t quite the same. The Phillies could add to their rotation with this trade, and then replace/upgrade Brown by pursuing one of the top free-agent outfielders.
The other rumor concerning the Phillies has to do with catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Ruiz is currently a free agent, and is drawing interest from multiple teams. The Colorado Rockies are reportedly set to make the catcher a multi-year offer, though the value of such a deal is unclear.
The Phillies don’t have a many options at the catching position right now, and it would be in their best interest if Ruiz returned. However, they can’t afford to break the bank for him, and Carlos has made it clear that he wants to get paid this time around after accepting a team-friendly deal on his last extension several years ago.
With so few options at catcher on the free-agent market, some team is going to overpay for Ruiz and I believe that his time in Philadelphia is most likely over.