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Jun 6, 2014

Pirates Rumors: Jeff Samardzija, David Price

By on 2:44 PM

Dejan Kovacevic has a Master Plan to improve the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling starting pitching , "Go get a starter." Okay Dejan, who should the Pirates go get then?

David Price
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First up, "the last-place Rays have the great David Price, the 2012 Cy Young winner, and he has only this year and next before being eligible for free agency."

Putting the finances and the task of figuring out who goes back the other way to Tampa aside, Price is having merely an average season. As opposed his usual elite-type season. Whether you look at advanced or traditional metrics, the 28-year old's numbers pop off the screen.

As of this writing, Price leads the AL in the following: GS, IP, CG, H, HR, K, BF, and has a mortal 95 ERA+.

"The last-place Cubs have Jeff Samardzija, a terrific talent who's 1-5 despite a 2.54 ERA. He can become a free agent at the same time as Price."

The 29-year old is plowing through the NL, he owns a 153 ERA+ and has struck out nearly a batter per inning, 67 in 78 innings pitched.

The finances for Samardzija aren't nearly as daunting as Price's, at least until he reaches free agency. He's making $5.35M this year to Price's $14M. But as Kovacevic notes, the Pirates offered AJ Burnett $12M before he signed in Philadelphia for $14M.

"Make no mistake: This is what GMs want." And this is what Pirates fans want as well; the chance to support a consistently successful franchise. They sit seven games in back of the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers, but just two-and-a-half games behind the Wild Card.

Stranger things have happened.

~ @MattRiegler


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