In his second-to-last opportunity to woo Cy Young voters, Price absolutely demolished the hapless Orioles lineup. The left-hander scattered six hits in the contest. He seems to be getting stronger as the season progresses. Price is now 4-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA in September. He's currently scheduled to start the regular season finale against Kansas City. While he'll need that game to get to 20 wins (he's now 19-6 with a 2.73 ERA), it's difficult to envision Tampa Bay sending him to the mound if they've already sewn up the AL East and home field throughout the AL playoffs.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, early speculation among rival executives is that the Angels and Red Sox are going to go "wallet-to-wallet" for Carl Crawford this winter.
Let the speculation begin. Crawford, 29, is expected to draw interest from some of baseball's biggest spenders this winter. We've heard about the Angels for months now, but the Red Sox are an interesting fit in that they already have Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron and J.D. Drew under team control for next season. Of course, all three players come with significant injury risk and there's early buzz that the Red Sox would consider trading Ellsbury this winter. To be continued.
Bad news for Rays fans this upcoming off season. Unless this team goes very deep in the playoffs we could see a total dismantle of the rosters high powered offense as Crawford, Pena, and Upton could all be heading out of town. Thank god the pitching rotation is still very solid.