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Is The "Price" Too High?

by Tom King

SI.com, Fox and some other outlets were reporting that the Brewers are interested in Tampa Bay pitcher David Price. Price is on the trading block because its doubtful that the Rays would be able to afford his new contract. Tampa is still in the playoff hunt but they may decide that trading Price now (this week is the deadline) is the right play for the future. So...what can they get for their ace and do the Brewers have enough to make a deal? I'm not sure that Tampa is going to get as much as they think or as much as they would have got a few months ago. Boston is dangling Jon Lester now and there are some other pitchers out there as well. Probably any deal the Brewers could make would start with Jimmy Nelson. Other names being bandied about include outfielder Tyrone Taylor, ss Orlando Arcia and catcher Clint Coulter. The next question of course is should the Brewers make the deal if they will be unwilling or unable to sign Price to a new and very expensive contract. It would amount to a 2 month rental to try and win the dvision and make a deep playoff run. I say it's worth it. Like the aquisition of Sabathia and Grienke in prior years, the idea that you try to win when you have the chance is one that Doug Melvin and Mark Attanasio should jump at. The chances are not that frequent. And, as I've said before, just because a player is listed as a "prospect" doesnt mean he will eventually be a star in the big leagues. Plus if you trade for Price, you keep him away from the Cardinals. Most Brewer fans would definitely be on board for that.

I'll be at the Wisconsin Valley Fair for a few hours this afternoon. stop out and get a new Packer/Badger/High School football schedule. We will be under a tent near the Youth Building on the East side of the midway.

The Woodchucks are in the playoff hunt and control their own destiny. They continue their home stand tonight hosting Madison. I'll be in the booth with Sean again tonight at 6:20 from Athletic Park.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod) Today is the anniversary of the death of Mama Cass Elliot at the age of 32 in 1974. Here are a couple of tracks

It's Getting Better-Mama Cass Elliot (1969) a nice slice of Top 10 pop

Make Your Own Kind Of Music-Mama Cass Elliot (1969) the follow up to "It's Getting Better" is another Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill song. They could write these in their sleep and Cass's big voice could really sing them. Can you dig the threads that Sammy is wearing?