Will Price or Stanton be traded first?

Updated: April 19, 2013, 6:43 PM ET
By Buster Olney

The Texas Rangers have started preparing for a possible blockbuster deal in the months ahead, asking questions and laying groundwork, rival evaluators say, but presumably, Texas is not alone. Some executives within the industry expect that sometime on the horizon, two of the game's best young stars will be made available in the trade market -- the Rays' David Price and the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton.

They are both impact players but very different in the attributes they present. Price is among the best pitchers on the planet and would transform any rotation, any pitching staff. Stanton might be the most powerful hitter, and if placed in the middle of the right lineup, he could do for a team what Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson and other great sluggers did.

The question that the officials of some clubs will have to ask is: Which guy would you rather pursue, Price or Stanton?