David Price: Rays Said No Thanks to Pirates Offer
By Tom Smith
The Pittsburgh Pirates made an offer for David Price. But unfortunately for the Pirates, the offer was not what the Tampa Bay Rays were looking to get back for David Price. The Bucs had bitcoins and everyone wanted cash.
Rays Index has the story and Forbes to Federal tweeted it out a few moments ago. During most non waiver trade deadlines it’s all about prospects, but as Peter Gammons spoke about on the MLB Network, the Pirates made a rather hefty offer to Tampa. The deal would have included four prospects and many said that it was probably a better return than the Rays received.
But it was just prospects.
We are talking prospects as Allen Iverson would say.
"“Most people thought the Pirates offer, which was all about prospects and minor leaguers, might have been greater in terms of talent and that the Pirates were much closer to getting Price than we realize. But the way that the Rays look at it in Franklin and in Smyly, they get two current Major League players who are under control for a long time [and] cost efficient. They can step right in and play for [the Rays]. The kid shortstop is a tremendous talent and two years from now may be a really good player. So, in the end, having two Major League players come in the deal rather than four prospects, probably is a better deal than anything they could have gotten anywhere else.”"
In the end, the Pirates got their prospects and the Rays got their ML talent and the Bucs fans got nothing.