David Price traded to the Detroit Tigers as part of three-team deal


David Price. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

Left-handed Rays pitcher David Price is a Ray no more. The team traded the 28-year-old all-star to the Detroit Tigers just minutes before today’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports broke the news first on Twitter at 3:47 p.m.

Price comes to the Tigers with an 11-8 record and a 3.11 ERA, as well as with 170.2 innings pitched and 189 strikeouts, the most in the MLB right now.

The 2012 Cy Young winner’s trade is part of a three-team deal, CBS Sports reports, that also includes:

  • The Rays acquiring left-hander Drew Smyly from the Tigers and second baseman Nick Franklin from the Mariners;
  • The Mariners getting outfielder Austin Jackson, who was pulled mid-game of Thursday’s matinee against the Chicago White Sox (see video below), and minor league shortstop Willy Adames from the Tigers.

The Tigers now have the past three American League Cy Young Award winners in their rotation with Price, Justin Verlander (2011) and Max Scherzer (2013).

The Detroit Free Press calls the move to acquire Price “a counter, of sorts, to the blockbuster deal this morning between the Oakland Athletics, who have the best record in the [American League], and the Boston Red Sox. The A’s acquired lefty Jon Lester in the deal to bolster their strong starting rotation, but parted with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in the deal.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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