With both beat writers confirming that the Braves will make a bid if/when the Rays make David Price available this winter, it's worth a separate thread for Price talk and rumors.
I'm totally against going and getting Price. The package Tampa will demand (and likely get) is going to be astronomical, and Tampa wants talent to make an immediate impact. So someone like Lucas Sims is not going to be a headliner for them. The Braves don't have any ready-now talent in the upper minors that isn't already expected to contribute to the 2014 club. Alex Wood and Christian Bethancourt come to mind as two talented guys who might not make the roster right away, but are you really prepared to give away those guys and have no alternative to Evan Gattis at catcher or a questionably healthy Brandon Beachy as the fifth starter? And of course, Wood and Bethancourt alone wouldn't be enough...you'd still be looking at including major pieces from the lower farm system. And, on top of all that, paying Price probably $40 million over the next two seasons before watching him walk via free agency.
All that becomes even harder to swallow when you add in potential doubts about just how good Price is. He's a very, very good pitcher, no doubt. But his strikeout rate fell significantly this year, and that drop-off takes him out of the Kershaw-Cliff Lee echelon of starters, especially when you consider that his groundball rates are good but not on par with someone like Adam Wainwright (who was closer to Price in terms of K rate). And if I'm going to give up the sort of money and prospects that Price is going to cost, I want a guy with literally zero warts. Price isn't that, if you ask me.
Regardless, it'll be fascinating to watch Price's trade market develop, and the Braves could certainly use him and afford him in the event that the bidding doesn't get as high as I expect it to get.