Some rival baseball executives believe there are Tampa baseball people who may still be inclined to trade star pitcher David Price for a big haul and give up the pennant chase, but even those folks acknowledge it would be hard to buck a committed clubhouse that has played its way into the race.

The red-hot Rays certainly don't have the look or feel of a seller. And most think now they will stay in it to try to win it, despite any original inclinations.

“I believe so,” one person familiar with their thinking said when asked whether they'd likely hold onto their stars. “Simply put, it will take more than it would have a few weeks back”

Most folks believe the price will be too high for a trade now. They've come from 18 games below .500 to two below, at 52-54, following their 10th win in 11 games. They are only four games out of a wild-card position.

“Guessing Price is sold at 200 percent markup or not moved,” one rival GM said.