07/31 17:24 CDT Rich get richer: Price traded to Tigers
Rich get richer: Price traded to Tigers
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) --- The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to
their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay's David Price in a blockbuster
The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy
Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from
Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson going to the Mariners.
Jackson was removed from Detroit's game against the Chicago White Sox with one
out in the top of the seventh inning. As he jogged in from center field, he got
a nice hand from the home fans, many of whom no doubt understood the
significance of the substitution moments before the trade deadline.
The trade joins Price with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the rotation
for the AL Central-leading Tigers, giving Detroit the last three American
League Cy Young winners.
The deal came just hours after the Oakland Athletics got Jon Lester from the
Boston Red Sox.
Price's departure became a clear possibility when the Rays fell way behind in
the AL East race earlier this season. Tampa Bay has played much better over the
last month and entered Thursday only 5 1/2 games behind a wild card --- but the
Rays decided to deal their ace anyway.
Tampa Bay signed Price to a $14 million deal for this season, avoiding
arbitration, but he isn't eligible for free agency until after next season.
That means Detroit's rotation --- which also includes Anibal Sanchez and Rick
Porcello --- should be impressive in 2015 even if Scherzer leaves via free
agency this offseason.
The Tigers have won three straight division titles, but they're still without a
World Series championship since 1984. Last season's team lost to Boston in the
AL championship series.
With a lineup anchored by Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler ---
and that remarkable rotation --- Detroit has remained in first place for almost
all of 2014. The Tigers tried to shore up one trouble spot --- the bullpen ---
by trading for Joakim Soria last week.
Now Detroit has emerged with Price in another bold move aimed at bringing a
championship to the Motor City.
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.