The next domino has fallen prior to the July 31 trade deadline and it may be the most heavily prized domino of them all. LHP David Price has been traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Tigers will receive three left-handed pitching prospects, Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, and Jairo Labourt, in exchange for the left-hander.
Price, who was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Tigers almost exactly a year ago, posted a 2.53 ERA in 2015 with Detroit and a 2.90 ERA in two seasons with the club. He made his final start for the Tigers on Tuesday against the Rays, going six complete innings with five earned runs, seven hits, and four strikeouts en route to a 10-2 loss at Tropicana Field. He currently holds a record of 9-4 in 2015.
At 29 years old, Price is a total difference-maker and has been brilliant most of his career. Since the start of the 2013 season, he’s second in the Majors in innings, sixth in strikeouts, 12th in WHIP, 11th in FIP and tied for 20th in ERA. Only nine pitchers have more quality starts, and only seven have a higher WAR, according to FanGraphs.com. This season is right in line with those rankings; Price is 12th in the Majors in ERA (2.53), fourth in innings pitched (146), sixth in quality starts (15) and eighth in wins above replacement (3.4).
The Tigers, who are in complete sell mode, are 12.5 games behind the division-leading Kansas City Royals. The Royals are an American League-best 61-39 thus far.
Detroit’s General Manager Dave Dombrowski has obviously had a change of heart in the past week as the deadline approaches.
A week ago, #Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski called it “regrouping.” Today, it’s being called, “rebooting.” Their strategy never shifted.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2015
The Blue Jays are quickly pushing to make a run at the playoffs after acquiring shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies. They had been criticized for acquiring another bat instead of addressing their main weakness: pitching. The acquisition of Price should put those criticisms to bed.