Obviously, the Indians are reluctant to deal Lindor, who is supposed to start at shortstop next season. A package of Carlos Santana, Danny Salazar and some other prospects was thought to be on the table, and if it is, Tampa’s reluctant to accept, because their asking price is Lindor, in addition to Santana.
If you go by ESPN’s Jim Bowden (subscription) says, the Rays won’t be moving Price for the sake of getting a deal done. The team wants to see if it can get back into the division race (currently 9 1/2 out), before it sends one of the best pitchers in the game packing.
MLB Trade rumors also speculates that the Rays will want more in return for Price than what the Cubs received for Jeff Samardzija. Chicago walked away with Addison Russell, one of the top prospects in the game. That signals to Tribe fans that any conversation the Rays and Indians have, probably starts and ends with Lindor, at least for now.
Price is making $14 million this season and can’t be a free agent until after next season.
• The MLB All-Star Game actually increased viewership during Tuesday’s broadcast. According to Yahoo, 11.34 million viewers tuned in, which is about 340,000 more than last year. You can thank Derek Jeter for that.
• And in case you missed it, the Cleveland Browns are now valued at over $1 billion, according to Forbes.