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.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.