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David Price's departure could be the catalyst for continued success for the Rays.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Could now be the right time to deal pitcher David Price?  Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports believes so.

Rosenthal writes in his column today that based on trades involving pitchers James Shields and Zack Greinke, who were both dealth with two years of team control left, Tampa Bay could receive a hefty return in exchange for the lefty, and Price is in his opinion a much better pitcher than either Shields or Greinke.

Shields (along with fellow righty Wade Davis and infielder Elliot Johnson) brought outfielder Wil Myers and pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery to Tampa Bay last offseason.  The trade for Greinke between Kansas City and Milwaukee sent Odorizzi, shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Lorenzo Cain to the Royals in 2010.

"Price would not come cheaply," Rosenthal writes. "The cost in talent would be considerable, and his combined salaries over the next two seasons probably will be in the $30 million range. Still, any club that acquires Price gladly would pay those numbers — and, of course, gain the inside track to signing him to an extension before he hit the free-agent market."

Click here to read the entire column at Fox Sports.