Tigers land ace David Price from Rays

Detroit loses Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly in deal
Matt DeYoung
Jul 31, 2014

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has again pulled off a stealth blockbuster transaction.

In 2007, with no chatter about it beforehand, he acquired Miguel Cabrera from the Florida Marlins.

Last fall, with no buzz leading up to it, he sent Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler.

Moments before Thursday’s trading deadline, in a transaction that was quiet until a few hours earlier, Dombrowski acquired Tampa Bay Rays ace left-hander David Price in a three-way deal that also included the Seattle Mariners.

According to multiple Internet reports, the Tigers sent Drew Smyly and Class-A shortstop prospect Willy Adames to Tampa Bay and Austin Jackson to Seattle. Jackson was pulled from the game in the top of the seventh when the trade was completed moments before the 4 p.m. trading deadline.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported the Price-to-Tigers deal first.

The deal gives the Tigers a rotation with the last three A.L. Cy Young winners: Justin Verlander (2011), Price (2012) and Max Scherzer (2013). The other two members of the rotation are Rick Porcello, who’s having his best season, and Anibal Sanchez, the defending A.L. ERA champion.

Scherzer is due to be a free agent after this season and Price after next season. The deal is a sign of how badly the Tigers want to win the World Series this season. It also gives them Price to essentially replace Scherzer next season if Scherzer departs.

Jackson is due to be a free agent after next season, and given that Scott Boras is his agent, history suggests he will become one. Smyly can’t be a free agent until after the 2018 season and, thus, has appeal to the modest-budgeted Rays.

As for who replaces Jackson in center, the Tigers have a roster spot open now with two players departing and only Price arriving. They could promote left-handed hitting Ezequiel Carrera from Toledo to platoon with Rajai Davis, who took over in center when Jackson was pulled from the game.

There’s also Andy Dirks, who returns to his rehab assignment with Class-A West Michigan on Friday.

Comments

Barry Soetoro

Trading away for a starting pitcher? It seems that old man Ilitch has completely lost his mind. Perhaps he should consider digging up the corpse of Ray Oyler - he sports a robust career OPS of .508 and they wouldn't have to trade away anyone else.

rukidding

I feel it was an "OK" move; David Price is one heck of a good pitcher. Although I liked Jackson and Smyly I have no issue with them leaving. I was hoping we would do more than what we did in the bullpen; I can't wrap my mind around their level of incompetence.

I'm confident we will win our division, likely take the AL against what appears to be Oakland, and should be fairly strong in the WS as long as our starters go 7 or 8 innings every outing. The idea of course is to keep the guys in the bullpen right where they are. They can't blow a game they don't enter, and our offense needs some consistency.

Barry Soetoro

Even though he's almost 40, a deal for Uehara would have had Barry S. soiling himself with excitement.

rukidding

In that case I'm very happy that a deal with Uehara didn't happen; damn!

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