1. Milwaukee Brewers
The Los Angeles Dodgers won’t trade with just any National League team.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are not going to send David Price to a team that they think is a threat to win the National League pennant. He won’t go to the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves. He certainly won’t be traded in-division.
The list of National League teams that the Dodgers would be okay trading Price to is pretty small, with the number of teams that could actually be interested looking even smaller. In fact, I think that list is down to one.
The Milwaukee Brewers.
Any team that thinks they have no chance at the MLB Playoffs this season is not going to trade for Price. However, any team that has a legitimate chance of winning the pennant won’t get a chance to trade for him. Milwaukee is the perfect in-between team.
Milwaukee is good enough to convince themselves that they could win the pennant, but are not talented enough to realistically beat the Dodgers in the MLB Playoffs. Of course, anything is possible, but the Dodgers are far more talented.
This is like the Yasiel Puig trade with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds were all in on being a playoff team in 2019 even if the talent on the roster indicated otherwise. Kyle Farmer was the only player in that trade to make it to the end of the season in Cincy.
The Brewers are not a big-market team but they have a really small payroll. They could absolutely afford to take on one year of Price, and should be willing to if it means getting a prospect as well.
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Price would slot in as the Brewers’ third starter behind Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes, giving them that third playoff arm that is desperately needed.
And if it does not work out, then the Brewers can flip Price at the deadline to a contender. Win-win.