The now-former Tampay Bay Rays' ace was acquired in a three team deal which sent Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson to the Mariners, and pitcher Drew Smyly from the Tigers and short stop Nick Franklin from Seattle, to the Rays, along with infield prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers.
The Tigers, now have an outrageously star-studded starting rotation, with reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, and Rick Porcello, who rank first and second in the AL in wins, and former Cy Young winners in Price and Justin Verlander, who also has an AL MVP under his belt.
It's all about the Benjamins
The likely reason that Tampa Bay parted with the 28-year-old star pitcher is money.
Price has one more season of salary arbitration remaining, and after getting $14 million from the Rays last season, there is a feeling that he'll fetch between $18 and $20 million next season before cashing in on a long term deal.
With four all star appearances, just one season under 200 innings pitched, and no season with an ERA over 3.42, Price ha established himself among the best pitchers in the game over the past six seasons, and could be in line for a huge contract, with an average salary near $25 million, like the ones Verlander or Zach Greinkie recently signed.
But will it be Detroit long term?
In addition to handing out that giant seven year-$180 million contract to Verlander, Detroit gave Miguel Cabrera the richest contract in history this past off-season.
A second straight Cy Young for Scherzer would drive his price up in free agency this winter, which would likely drive up the number for David Price when its time to sign long term in the winter of 2015, which could prove cost prohibitive for the Tigers.
Despite the fact that they've shown a willingness in recent history to carry one of the highest payrolls in baseball, although a healthy rotation of Scherzer-Verlander-Price-Porcello-Annibal Sanchez could be one of the best in the modern era.
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