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Rays trade David Price to powerful Tigers

Price Traded To Tigers


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 deal Thursday.

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.

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tbbucs56 July 31 2014 at 7:22 PM

As a Rays fan,this blows.This is what you get for Price??Tigers should be happy.

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tmccull52 August 01 2014 at 10:33 AM

The Tigers are going to sorely need David Price, as it's almost a sure bet that Max Scherzer will be headed elsewhere next season.

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boxerktt August 01 2014 at 9:21 AM

I am a Tiger fan, however if Cabrera doesn't really start tearing things up with his bat, I don't see them making it through the first round of the playoffs.He needs to be beyond exceptional for Detroit to win a World Series this year.

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suncity85373 August 01 2014 at 7:43 AM

You trade a Cy Young winner...oh yeah they are in first place they don't need him.

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maverick260 July 31 2014 at 11:28 PM

The past is the past look at their ERA"S now they giver up minimum of 3 runs per game. What is so star studded about that, ha, what a joke....

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tavmor July 31 2014 at 9:51 PM

Price pitched like crap yesterday against the Brewers. He probably knew he was going to the Tigers (still in the American League) and had no good reason th help the Rays any longer. As a Rays fan I've seen a lot of him and always viewed him as EXTREMELY selfish....All about him.

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tbbucs56 tavmor August 01 2014 at 9:00 AM

Dont know what kind of Rays fan you are?Hes never done a thing,except win a CY-YOUNG and be the best pitcher on the team.So he had a bad outing aganist the Brewers.Guess the rest of the team didnt help also,since they scored 0 runs for him.

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wrbcom tavmor August 01 2014 at 9:38 AM

If you follow the Rays closely you know besides being a great pitcher he is a team leader. He shares his pitching insight with the younget players like Archer and is anything but selfish.

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biffcove July 31 2014 at 9:34 PM

Are you f--------- crazy?

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Pope John July 31 2014 at 8:15 PM

Tigers now have last 3 A.L. Cy Young Winners

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Eddie July 31 2014 at 7:51 PM

Rays quit--so have I

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tbbucs56 Eddie July 31 2014 at 8:40 PM

Shields/Price.Sure Longo is going to be right behind them.

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georgemancuso July 31 2014 at 7:37 PM

Big Deal... Like the Phillies when they had Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, ESPN bragged how greatest pitching team they had and they will win the WS. Hahahaha. What happened to them?

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