Jun 20, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. Houston Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Marlins Interested in David Price?


Despite the loss of their ace Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins have remained in contention for the NL East and one of the two NL Wild Card playoff spots. The team has mostly stuck around due to the mediocrity of the division, with none of the teams above the Marlins able to pull away.

With that in mind, the Marlins have been seen around baseball as one of the more aggressive teams, looking to make trades to improve the team ahead of the trade deadline in July.

Could one of the players they are interested in be a big-time superstar, David Price? According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Marlins had scouts in Tampa to watch Price’s last start:

The Cardinals have been watching the Rays closely recently, the Giants and Dodgers (whom many around baseball consider the favorites for Price) at times. The Braves, especially after Gavin Floyd‘s injury, seem like a possibility, and maybe there’s a surprise candidate, such as the Marlins, who also were scouting Price on Friday. Among other AL teams, the Angels, A’s and Indians seem likely candidates.

Price would be a costly acquisition for the Marlins. Any conversation the two teams would likely start and end with the inclusion of Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney.

That might be a tough sell for the Marlins.

The Marlins are likely just doing their due diligence on scouting a team that is likely to be a seller in the coming weeks. A name on the Rays that could interest the Marlins going forward could be Ben Zobrist.

David Price seems like a long shot for the Marlins, though. Crazier things have happened.

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