Could the Braves target David Price?

Will the Braves add yet another starter before the July 31 trade deadline? Bill Shanks has more.

Last week it was Cubs' starter Jeff Samardjiza. Now it's Rays' starter David Price, yet another starting pitcher the Braves have been linked to as a potential addition before the July 31 trade deadline.

ESPN's Jim Bowden mentioned the Braves as the only NL team that might target Price. He also listed the Angels, Blue Jays, Yankees and White Sox as teams that could be interested in the Tampa Bay left-hander.

Bowden predicted the Rays would want a package that included pitchers Alex Wood, Lucas Sims and another pitching prospect in a deal for Price.

Price is a free agent after next season. He's having a somewhat ordinary season compared to what he's done the past few years. Price is 5-6 for the struggling Rays with a 3.93 ERA. He's allowed 110 hits in 107.2 innings and allowed an AL-leading 15 home runs. Price has walked only 10 batters in 15 starts and has 121 strikeouts.

The Braves already have a packed rotation, with Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Ervin Santana, Gavin Floyd and Aaron Harang. Plus, Wood is stuck in Triple-A Gwinnett. David Hale, another starting pitcher, is now in the Atlanta bullpen.

But Price has said in the past he grew up a Braves fan, with David Justice as his favorite player. Price is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt with Minor. It has been speculated Price would want to play for Atlanta if he ever leaves Tampa Bay.

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