Tigers Acquire Ace Pitcher David Price in 3-Team Trade
The final day leading up to the 2014 MLB trade deadline started off with a bang when the Oakland Athletics landed ace pitcher Jon Lester in a deal with the Boston Red Sox. The day ended with a bang, too.
The Detroit Tigers have reportedly made arguably the biggest move of the season, as they snagged Tampa Bay Rays ace pitcher David Price in a three-team blockbuster deal. Price is reportedly part of a deal that also involves the Seattle Mariners.
The Rays are set to get shortstop prospect Nick Franklin from the Mariners, as well as pitcher Drew Smyly from the Tigers. Seattle will receive outfielder Austin Jackson from the Tigers.
Detroit took a minor hit in letting go of a more than serviceable left-hander in Smyly, but it’s more than worth it considering they landed the 28-year old Price in return. Price joins an already impressive pitching rotation in Detroit, where he’ll team up with the likes of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez.
Price has been mostly fantastic throughout the 2014 MLB season, going 11-8 with a solid 3.11 ERA and 189 strikeouts. Price’s win/loss record would probably look a lot better, but the Rays have struggled to help him with run support during his starts. The loss of Price leaves Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer as Tampa Bay’s top pitchers.
While the Rays and Mariners got something in return, this deal is clearly all about the Tigers. Already holding down a first place lead in the AL Central, Detroit made a necessary splash to help distance themselves from the Kansas City Royals, who are still just five games back in the race for the division. The Tigers have the leg up and should gain plenty of steam from this deal, which could help propel them into the MLB playoffs and make them a legit World Series contender.
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