UPDATE: The Price trade may be a three-way between the Rays, Tigers and Mariners

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UPDATE: The plot thickens!

UPDATE: More reporters weighing in on Price. Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Pirates, Mariners and Tigers are all in on Price. Mark Feinsand echoes Morosi from earlier, saying the Tigers are the front runners. Multiple reporters have said the Yankees have talked to the Rays about Price but that they are not serious contenders.

UPDATE: At least one reporter is putting the Tigers in the hunt:

That would be one heck of a big-name rotation if it went down.

2:31 PM: Drip, drip, drip . . .

My earlier post about conflicting information notwithstanding, the weight of online opinion by reporters who presumably have sources seems to be drifting in the direction of Price being moved.

Stay tuned.

Five minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

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NEW YORK (AP) Five minor league pitchers have been suspended for drug violations.

The commissioner’s office announced the penalties Tuesday.

Three of the players are part of the Toronto system. Right-hander Juan Jimenez and left-hander Naswell Paulino were each suspended for 72 games, and righty Jol Concepcion was banned for 60 games. Jimenez, Paulino and Concepcion tested for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance.

Jimenez and Paulino are on the roster for the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Blue Jays, and Concepcion is on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

Kansas City minor leaguer Travis Eckert and free-agent lefty Kevin Duchene each tested positive for a drug of abuse. Eckert was suspended for 50 games following a second positive test, and Duchene received a 100-game penalty following a third positive test.

Eckert is on the roster for Single-A Lexington of the South Atlantic League.

There have been 79 suspensions under the minor league drug program this year and five under the major league program.