Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay ‘Open’ to Trading James Shields, David Price

While the Tampa Bay Rays are willing to listen to trade offers for several of their starting pitchers, they would need to be “overwhelmed” to trade either right-hander James Shields or left-hander David Price, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.

"Oh, they're open to it," said an official of one team that checked in with the Rays. "They're open to being overwhelmed."

Stark compared the chances of the Rays trading Shields or Price to the odds of the tight-budgeted club signing top free agent starter Zack Greinke.

When teams ask about Shields’ availability, they are reportedly told they’d need to offer something in the neighborhood of the five-player package the Rays received from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Matt Garza. Stark adds that it might take “double that” to pry Price from Tampa Bay.

All things considered, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson remains “a much more likely candidate to call a moving van,” according to Stark. Still, even that’s “no lock.”

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