Lake Buena Vista, FL - Day two of the MLB Winter Meetings saw five teams pull off a trade, but the Rays were not among them. David Price, who remains the biggest name on the pitching trade market, is still a member of the team.
Throughout the day in Lake Buena Vista, speculation on two other Rays players arose in a report of a possible negotiation between Tampa Bay and the Texas Rangers. It was indicated the Rays were seeking first baseman Mitch Moreland. The lefthander meets the criteria Rays' Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said the team was seeking.
The trade rumor was too undefinable to speculate the compensation Tampa Bay would send to the Rangers, but Matt Joyce is seen as potential trade bait. Also on the block is catcher Jose Lobaton now that the club has acquired Ryan Hanigan and re-signed Jose Molina.
As for Price, among the teams said to be interested in the former Cy Young award winner's services were the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yet, their General Manager Ned Colletti said today they are not interested in acquiring a starting pitcher at this time.
MLB Insider for Sports Illustrated Tom Verducci told 10 News he anticipates the Price trade discussions to last into the new year.
Friedman has said on multiple occasions the Rays are in no hurry to move the lefty until the appropriate deal comes forward.