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Analyst: Giants top list of best landing spots for Price

The Detroit News
David Price looks up after the Rays' Curt Casali hits his second home run of the game Tuesday night.

David Price would be a "difference-maker" for a contending team, and there are five logical landing spots for the Tigers' ace left-hander, should they decide to trade him ahead of Friday's 4 p.m. deadline.

That's the opinion of Richard Justice of MLB.com. He says the best destinations for Price are, in order, the Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees and Astros.

Here are excerpts from Justice's breakdown:

1. Giants: "Price would add a bona fide ace to pitch behind (Madison) Bumgarner in the postseason. Perhaps just as important, if Price is pitching for the Giants, he's not pitching for the Dodgers. Also, San Francisco has the resources to sign Price to a long-term deal."

2. Cubs: "Cubs president Theo Epstein has taken a long view of building a great team. But his team has taken a huge leap forward this summer, and Epstein might see this season as an opportunity he can't pass up. Like the Giants, the Cubs have the money to make a run at keeping Price."

3. Dodgers: "How does the sound of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Price sound for a postseason series? The Dodgers have the prospects to make a deal happen, and in free agency, they've shown they've got the money to spend and are willing to spend it."

4. Yankees: "(GM Brian) Cashman has methodically held onto his prized young players in building a different kind of franchise. But if Price is available, he's such an upgrade over what the Yankees have, that almost everyone in baseball expects New York to be aggressive."

5. Astros: "After a decade out of the playoffs and with one of baseball's deepest farm systems, Houston is going to be tempted to put Price in a rotation that already has Scott Kazmir and Dallas Keuchel."