July 19, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumor: Indians' Sizing Up Deal For Rays' David Price

All-Star David Price would be a perfect fit in the Cleveland Indians’ rotation. The staff lacks a true No. 1 starter, but possess a guys with a ton of upside in Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer.

Now, rumors have emerged that the Indians want to deal for Price, because of a report that stated the Indians have instructed scouts to monitor Tampa prospects. These players would accompany Price in the trade.

Former Indian and current analyst Jensen Lewis believes the Indians are acting with the intention of acquiring Price, and not another big-league player, such as Ben Zobrist.

Obviously, the asking price for the former Cy Young Award winner would be steep, but the Indians have the assets to unload.

Lewis said via Twitter that the franchise would most likely have to give up Carlos Santana and Danny Salazar.

While it’s a lot to send away, it doesn’t appear Francisco Lindor would be included in the deal. It’s no surprise, considering the amount of time the Indians have committed to his development. With Asdrubal Cabrera‘s time as an Indian running out, don’t look for general manager Chris Antonetti to move the heir apparent at short stop.

But don’t be surprised if Antonetti makes a major splash. Remember, it was Antonetti who moved two first round prospects to acquire Ubalado Jimenez in 2011.

Dealing Santana makes a lot of sense, because third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall had an All-Star caliber first half, while catcher Yan Gomes has emerged as the best catcher on the team.

Santana’s other position, first base, seems to be the only place Nick Swisher can pay (although it can be a struggle to watch). The Tribe could miss Santana at DH, as the switch-hitter has provided the little power that has been displayed at Progressive Field over the past few seasons.

Meanwhile Salazar might’ve been the hottest prospect this off season. However, his stock has probably plummeted after a rough first month to the season. He’s struggled at Class AAA Columbus too, but has been better of late, giving up two or fewer earned runs in three of his last four starts.

Price can be a free agent in 2016, according to baseball reference.com

Would you deal Santana, Salazar and prospects for Price?

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