Price is believed to be the Dodgers' true top target, despite constant speculation that the club is focused on Philadelphia's Cole Hamels. Price pitched for Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman in Tampa.
Price would join Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to give the Dodgers three Cy Young winners, creating a powerhouse rotation reminiscent of the one current Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten enjoyed when he ran the Atlanta Braves in the days of Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine.
Leake would be an incremental upgrade for a rotation that has had to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy, the Nos. 3 and 4 starters, who were lost for the year with injuries.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.