It took until the final minutes before the 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline, but arguably the biggest name surrounding the trade deadline has a new home. The Detroit Tigers have acquired ace David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three team deal that involved five players.
Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Seattle were among the teams involved in the blockbuster trade before the deadline. Tampa Bay received Detroit starting pitcher Drew Smyly, Seattle infielder Nick Franklin and prospect Willy Adames in the deal. The Mariners received Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson, while Detroit got their man in Price.
It was in the final half hour before the trade deadline that rumors were swirling that Price would for sure be traded, but there were still a few teams interested in the prized ace starting pitcher. With less than ten minutes before the 4:00 pm deadline, it was announced that Price had been traded to the Tigers.
The trade for the Tigers is an obvious bonus, and a huge addition to a rotation that now may be without question the very best in the major leagues. The Detroit rotation now features three Cy Young Award winners in Price, Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer. Along with Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello who have both been very good this season.
It made perfect sense for the Tigers to go out and make a blockbuster trade, especially after Oakland acquired Jon Lester from the Red Sox Thursday morning. Detroit may have felt they needed to make the move to keep up with Oakland, a team who they have played the past two seasons in the American League Division Series, and beat both years.
It is likely that Detroit will eventually search for another outfielder to replace Austin Jackson during the waiver period. For the other two teams in the deal, both Seattle and Tampa Bay felt as if they got what they needed in return. The Rays have put together a nice stretch since the All-Star break, and had a huge decision whether to trade away Price or to keep him for a possible push.
Tampa Bay receives a young solid arm in Smyly to go along with other young arms in their rotation, Chris Archer, Jeremy Hellickson, and Alex Cobb. Seattle gets a much needed outfield bat and reunites manager Lloyd McClendon with Jackson. McClendon was the former hitting coach for the Tigers.
It was one of the wildest trade deadlines in recent memory, and it ended with a huge blockbuster that gave the Detroit Tigers the ace they were in search of.