The Tampa Bay Rays are "definitely" planning on trading four-time All-Star David Price, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
According to an earlier report, the Boston Red Sox's trade of Jon Lester to the Oakland A's earlier in the day led to trade talks involving Price intensifying.
While it was unclear earlier this week if the Rays intended on trading Price or holding on to him, their recent climb back into contention seemed to indicate the team would keep him for a playoff run. The Rays entered Thursday 5.5 games behind the second wild card spot in the American League.
Various reports have indicated interest in Price on the part of the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Price has gone 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA in 23 starts this season. Currently on a one-year, $14 million contract, Price has one more arbitration-eligible season in 2015 before he can become a free agent.
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. E.T.
- Ben Estes