The Detroit Tigers acquired veteran starter David Price in a three-team trade involving the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays on July 31.
The Detroit Tigers acquired David Price in a three-team trade involving the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners on July 31.
MLB.com's Jason Beck wrote more about the big trade:
"The Tigers spent the final days and hours leading up to Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline as everyone expected, on the hunt for a left-handed pitcher. Instead of a reliever, though, they ended up with the best lefty in the American League in their biggest Trade Deadline deal in recent memory.
"Hours after the A's bulked up their already-stacked rotation by acquiring Jon Lester from (the) Boston (Red Sox), the Tigers answered with a stunner, acquiring David Price from the Rays in a three-team trade that included the Seattle Mariners. But getting Price came at a price -- center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle, and left-hander Drew Smyly to Tampa Bay.
"Class A shortstop Willy Adames, who jumped up the Tigers' top prospect rankings with a solid season at low Class A West Michigan, is also headed to the Rays in the trade.
"The Tigers announced the deal after Thursday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox, from which Jackson was pulled from center field in the middle of an at-bat with one out in the seventh inning in a bizarre scene.
"According to Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski, the lines of communication with Tampa Bay had been open for about a week and a half. The talks intensified Wednesday night when Tampa Bay general manager Andrew Friedman phone Dombrowski as he was leaving Comerica Park and asked if the interest was still there on the Tigers' end.
"'These things are never easy to do in a one-on-one trade, let alone three clubs being involved,' Dombrowski said. 'It just all sort of meshed together.'
"At approximately 12:55 p.m. ET Thursday, Dombrowski's phone rang again -- it was Friedman -- and 'that's when everything started to move real quickly.'
"It's a deal that gives the Tigers a potential postseason rotation that includes the last three American League Cy Young Award winners -- reigning champion Max Scherzer, Price and Justin Verlander. They already owned the last three AL MVP awards between Verlander and two-time reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera.
"It also gives a potential Detroit-Oakland postseason series the feel of a best-of-seven pitching duel. A month after Verlander suggested the A's traded for Jeff Samardzija because of Detroit's rotation, the Tigers seemed to answer the A's' lead.
"Dombrowski insisted that the Lester deal didn't 'make the difference in this deal because we were already moving forward.' But, he added, 'When I saw they got Lester, I wasn't jumping up and down and thrilled that they got him by any means.'"
Dombrowski also told ESPN he felt Price is the missing piece the Tigers needed in order to compete for a World Series title:
"'The question that we asked ourselves is: What gives us the best chance of winning the world championship this year?' Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. 'We thought adding him to our rotation at this point would give us the best chance to do that.
"'Today it's great, it's nice, it's fine. I love to have David Price. If we win, then I'll be very satisfied.'
"The Rays said the trade was in the best interests of the franchise.
"'Compared to the other possibilities, it was by far the most prudent thing that we could do,' said Andrew Friedman, Tampa Bay's vice president of baseball operations. 'If you look ahead to next year, it would have been really challenging to be as good as we want to be within our situation, with David taking up that meaningful of a percentage of our payroll. So everything we do is in the vein of how to be competitive in the near term and also the long term.'
"The Rays also aren't giving up on this season.
"'It's not waving a white flag at all,' Rays president Matt Silverman said. 'If your team plays to the level that it can, especially considering all the head-to-head games we have within our division, we have a chance to make up the deficit and get into the playoffs. It's more difficult without David, but if the rest of the team plays up to their potential, we're going to be playing meaningful games in September...'
"....Price is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season and could serve as a short-term replacement in Detroit for Scherzer, who will hit free agency this winter after declining the Tigers' reported six-year, $144 million offer.
"But at least for the remainder of the 2014 season, the Tigers will have a star-studded rotation to rival that of the Oakland Athletics, who acquired Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox in Thursday's other major trade.
"Detroit and Oakland have played each other in each of the past two postseasons, with the Tigers winnning both matchups."
The 28-year-old Price has an all-time 82-47 win-loss record (.636) on top of 1,065 strikeouts and a 3.18 ERA in 175 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
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