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Storylines: Rays ready to deal Price

Storylines: Rays ready to deal Price
Photo credit: Keith Allison/flickr
June 25, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Tuesday, June 24.

Top Stories

  • Sources around baseball have told ESPN's Buster Olney that while no deal imminent, the Rays are prepared to move David Price right now if the right offer presents itself.
  • According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley does not intend to waive his 10-and-5 rights (10 years in league, 5 with current team) that allow him to veto any trade he may be involved in.

Tribe News

  • Cleveland's top prospect Francisco Lindor has been named to the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures game for the third time in his career.
  • Center fielder Nyjer Morgan is headed to Arizona to continue his rehab work at the Indians complex in Goodyear. Morgan is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Others News and Notes

  • Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Blue Jays pro scouting director Perry Minasian was in attendance for Jeff Samardzija's start on Monday night.
  • The Phillies signed former Tribe outfielder Grady Sizemore to a Minor League contract that includes the option for Sizemore to opt-out of the contract if he is not in the Majors by the All-Star break.
  • The Pirates have outrighted outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis in order to make room for second baseman Neil Walker, who was activated from the disabled list. Tabata was once seen as a key piece of Pittsburgh's future, and he was signed to a six-year, $15 million extension back in 2011.
  • The Yankees have released veteran reliever Heath Bell from Triple-A Scranton.
  • Detroit acquired lefty reliever Daniel Schlereth from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. This will be Schlereth's second stint with the Tigers, after pitching out of their bullpen from 2010-2012.
  • Texas designated outfielder/first baseman Brad Snyder for assignment. The move was made to clear room on the 40-man roster for veteran first baseman Carlos Pena.
  • The Royals designated lefty Donnie Joseph for assignment. Kansas City also activated pitcher Bruce Chen from the disabled list and optioned lefty reliever Tim Collins to Triple-A.

User Comments

Willie
June 25, 2014 - 3:32 PM EDT
Hopefully Axford rebounds and pitches out the season or is traded to someone looking for some BP help that think they can straighten him out.

Should be a move coming with Josh Outman any day now. Expect a minor trade, hoping they can at least get arm like DVS in return or maybe some International spending pool money. The Tribe has only about $2 M allocated to them this yr. They are not linked to any of the upper thirty of prospects per mlb.com. In fact, I've heard nothing w/ regards to the Tribe which is a little unusual. Could be they are doing a good job of letting nothing out this yr.
Joe Chengery
June 25, 2014 - 2:07 PM EDT
By the way, I like how the site is displaying on my iPad now- much larger and clearer- nice job.
Joe Chengery
June 25, 2014 - 2:06 PM EDT
Sorry, the part about the bullpen should be, "If the bullpen is going to be faltering, it should be with the young ones that can get better and be long-term fixtures here, not guys like Lowe and Axford."
Joe Chengery
June 25, 2014 - 2:04 PM EDT
Some of Francona's decision making in regards to the bullpen and lineup have been very puzzling to say the least. At least he moved Kipnis out of the cleanup spot (not as far as I would have, but at least he moved the hot Santana up behind Brantley, and ironically, both Santana AND Kipnis were hitting- amazing! :-).

In regards to the bullpen, I think the time for Lowe to go is here, while Axford isn't far behind- whether that's to Columbus or out of the organization (think he has an option left), I'm not sure, but I trust Carrasco more than I do either Lowe or Axford. I'd give Shaw, and Allen to a lesser extent, some rest- rely more on Carrasco and Atchison more, along with whoever comes up to take Lowe's place, and possibly Axford.

I'll admit that I haven't had as much time to check the Minors as I usually do- I take it Price is back pitching again? Yes, I think all of Lee, Price, Sturdevant, and the actual prospects should be up here and learning. If the bullpen, I'd rather have it be with the prospects who can get better and be part of this organization long-term rather than guys like Lowe and even Axford, both of which are very close to being ousted. Lowe's stuff and command is iffy, and Axford can't deliver consistency with his stuff; our prospects would be no worse, and probably. Carrasco is OUTPITCHING both of them and was considered the man "outside looking in" not long ago.

The bullpen can only get better both short- and long-term if some housecleaning is done NOW, not at the All-Star Break or at the trading deadline. Division is still within our grasp if some moves are made to shore up the bullpen- guys like Lowe and maybe even Axford need to go, now or very soon.
Walter
June 25, 2014 - 11:06 AM EDT
@Walter

I agree that Bryan Price should be an option for the bullpen along with Sturdevant and CC Lee. Francona has over used his bullpen especially Shaw and Allen. Last night Carrasco threw 2 score less innings. If Francona used as the first option in the 9 th inning instead of Axford,might have had a win instead of 14 inning game that led to a lose.
Willie
June 25, 2014 - 10:23 AM EDT
Walter, I thought you meant David Price until I read the AA hitters.

Completely agree, either way Bryan Price or David Price is ready for Cleveland. :)

I think the Tribe hinders the development of some of their young players by stock piling these fringe veterans, it seems like every yr. I find it frustrating, Lowe has experience that's it, and Francona trusts veterans - well this isn't Boston. The Indians can't afford veterans, so why not give some of the younger guys a shot they've been fighting for. Unfortunately, guys like Lee, Price, Adams, Sturdevant, are not really that young anymore.
Tony
June 25, 2014 - 8:32 AM EDT
I agree on Lowe. Thought the same thing last night. Why even bother with that guy at this point? Time to move on, they can do much better.
Walter
June 25, 2014 - 8:03 AM EDT
Price is ready for Cleveland. Go back and watch his outings. If you haven't seen him. His body of work last year and then his winter assignment last year tells me he's more than ready to at least get the chance in Cleveland. His stuff has just been nasty for these double A hitters.
Walter
June 25, 2014 - 8:02 AM EDT
Price is ready for Cleveland. Go back and watch his outings. If you haven't seen him. His body of work last year and then his winter assignment last year tells me he's more than ready to at least get the chance in Cleveland. His stuff has just been nasty for these double A hitters.
Walter
June 25, 2014 - 8:01 AM EDT
Price is ready for Cleveland. Go back and watch his outings. If you haven't seen him. His body of work last year and then his winter assignment last year tells me he's more than ready to at least get the chance in Cleveland. His stuff has just been nasty for these double A hitters.
CC Herpridams
June 25, 2014 - 5:05 AM EDT
Can someone please explain how Mark Lowe is in Cleveland, blowing it in extra innings while we supposedly have so much bullpen depth in AAA that Price is stuck in Akron? I´d much rather throw Herrmann, CC Lee, Price, Adams, Tejeda, or Sturdevant out there and see what they can do, rather than rely on an old "has been" (probably closer to a "never was").

Not to mention, our top 3 relievers practically lead MLB in appearances! Plus, Lee, Price, Adams, Sturdevant and Herrmann are not young prospects anymore... Hagadone gets 4 awful years to show what he´s got and these guys can´t even sniff the majors.

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