Bob Smizik: ‘Experts’ see Pirates in play for Price

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What are they smoking at ESPN.com? Or do their experts have some keen insights on the Pirates that none of us have picked up on.

Both David Schoenfield and Dave Cameron, writing on the ESPN site, suggested the Pirates would be in play for left-hander David Price of Tampa Bay, who is one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Price is on the market because he’s two years away from free agency and the Rays want to get something for him before they lose him. Once he hits free agency, he will be way beyond their price range.

Based on that, it doesn’t seem like the Pirates would be much of a candidate to trade for Price, who is expected to receive about $14 million in arbitration for the 2014 season

Schoefield wrote, ''The Pirates have the prospects to acquire Price. Don't be shocked if they get him.’’

Cameron wrote, ''The Pirates have a window of opportunity, and they should seize it. After a breakthrough 2013 season, the Pirates are one more elite player away from being a legitimate World Series contender, and Price represents the rare elite talent that they could actually afford to acquire.’’

He then listed the players the Pirates would have to send to Tampa Bay to get Price:

''RHP Tyler Glasnow, RHP Nick Kingham, SS Alen Hanson, OF Josh Bell

Schoenfield and Cameron are respected writers. Still. the chances of a trade of this magnitude being made a are between slim and none, and much closer to none.

For one, it’s hard to envision the Pirates paying a pitcher $14 million. Or even dealing for a high-end pitcher who is two years away from free agency.

For another, giving up on those prospects would go against the plan the Pirates have closely followed as they’ve attempted to build a sustainable winning team.

According to MLB.com, Hanson, Glasnow, Bell and Kingham are the Pirates third, sixth, seventh and ninth best prospect.


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