David Price sits in the dugout during game 1 of the 2013 ALDS versus the Boston Red Sox.
Orlando, Florida -- Like the sandwich's from the lobby cafe at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel, site of the MLB Winter Meetings, the rumors surrounding the Rays trading of David Price have gone stale.
Into the afternoon, the latest hot stove report from ESPN's Jayson Stark has the Rays inquiring about an acquisition of Rangers' first baseman and designated hitter Mitch Moreland.
Moreland to Tampa Bay would make sense, meeting the Rays criteria for a left-handed first baseman. In a 146 games at first in 2103, Moreland committed only five errors.
Yet, following Joe Maddon's comments yesterday, it appears the Rays would be more inclined to play the waiting game and see if James Loney's price tag would come down.
Sports Illustrated MLB beat writer Tom Verducci told 10 News, the $27 million asking price over three years for Loney's services seems "pretty high" considering the equivalantly talented first baseman on the trade and free-agent market.
As for Price, no new teams have come forward in the sweepstakes for the former Cy Young award winner. The Dodgers, Mariners, Rangers, and Diamondbacks appear to be the front runners.