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Old 07-31-2014, 05:10 PM   #1

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Default Rays Trade David Price To Tigers

David Price traded to Detroit Tigers in deal with Tampa Bay Rays - ESPN

The GM of the Rays should be fired. They got nothing in return for Price. They wanted top prospects from Dodgers for Price and settled for this crap. LOL! Boston got a huge steal for Lester then.

The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring David Price in a blockbuster three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners.

Detroit sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle. Tampa Bay received left-hander Drew Smyly from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners.

The Rays also received infield prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers.

The deal was completed just ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for non-waiver trades.

Jackson was pulled from Detroit's game Thursday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox and was seen hugging several teammates before exiting into the clubhouse. Smyly started the game but lasted just five innings, allowing four runs and 11 hits.

Price, the AL Cy Young winner in 2012, joins a Tigers rotation that already features Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello. Detroit entered Thursday's game with a five-game lead atop the AL Central standings.

Price is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season and could serve as a short-term replacement in Detroit for Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young winner 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 winning both matchups.

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 past month and entered Thursday only 5 games behind a wild-card spot -- but the Rays decided to deal their ace anyway.

Tampa Bay signed Price to a $14 million deal for this season, avoiding arbitration.

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.
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