Which means the Rays are likely to take aim at the Twins. Minnesota not only has an obvious lack of quality starting pitchers, they have two of the consensus top three prospects in the minors in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
But if either of those two are part of the price tag the Rays put on Price, the Twins should be emphatic in saying “no.”.
The Twins should not delude themselves into thinking they’re an ace pitcher away from contention. They aren’t. They are at least two starters and a rebuilt lineup away. Buxton and Sano don’t pitch, but they can be part of that rebuilt lineup.
Now, if the Rays will talk about a package featuring, let us say, Eddie Rosario and one of the Twins top pitching prospects, that’s another thing. (Kohl Stewart, last summer’s No. 4 overall pick, can’t be traded this winter.)
I expect the Rays will have their sights set higher than that, but the rest of baseball has probably noticed how well the Rays made out in the Shields and Garza deals.
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