Citing unnamed sources, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1 tweeted this afternoon that the Seattle Mariners are engaged in trade talks with the Tampa Bay Rays, with a focus on starting pitcher David Price and utility man Ben Zobrist. According to Morosi:
Mariners are having ongoing trade discussions with Rays regarding David Price and Ben Zobrist, sources say. No deal imminent. @FOXSports1
If the Mariners are able to acquire Zobrist, it could have a ripple effect on the entire trade market, because several teams have been linked to he versatile infielder. As I noted a few days ago, Zobrist could fit well with the Cincinnati Reds due to their recent injury woes and general lack of offensive production in the first half. With Zobrist is off the board, the Reds and other teams (think San Francisco Giants) would have to turn their attention elsewhere as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, and the chance of overpaying for a lesser talent increases.
Price, of course, is the biggest name on the trade market this summer, and while the Reds don’t have an immediate need, or the wherewithal, to acquire such a high profile arm, his eventual landing spot could impact their playoff chances. If he ends up with the Mariners, then that’s one less big opposing arm Cincinnati has to worry about as the summer wears on.