Tigers Acquire David Price In 3-Team Deal With Rays, Mariners

The Tigers have officially agreed to acquire David Price from the Rays, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is a three-way trade between the Tigers, Rays, and Mariners.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Tampa Bay RaysTigers center fielder Austin Jackson will go to the Mariners, with Nick Franklin (from Seattle) and Drew Smyly (from Detroit) heading to Tampa in the blockbuster. Minor league shortstop Willy Adames is also going to Tampa from Detroit in the deal, per a tweet from Rosenthal.

The move brings and end to near-ceaseless speculation regarding the now-former Rays lefty, who has been one of the game’s best pitchers in recent seasons. Still only 28, Price is under control for one more season through arbitration, though he will certainly not come cheap.

Playing this year on a $14MM salary, Price will be in line for a big raise next year. Of course, one key element of his value lies in the fact that his new club will have an opportunity to explore an extension. The reason that Price figures to draw a big salary next year is obvious: he has continued to be outstanding. At present, he owns a 3.11 ERA with a remarkable 10.0 K/9 against just 1.2 BB/9 over 170 2/3 innings.

The return for the Rays is not particularly splashy, but delivers obvious value. Smyly, 25, was outstanding last year as a reliever and has since converted into a solid starting option. He carries a 3.77 ERA through 100 1/3 innings, with 7.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 and a 36.9% groundball rate. While his strikeout numbers are down since moving to the rotation, he can be controlled through 2018.

The 23-year-old Franklin, meanwhile, seemed without a future in Seattle after the club added Robinson Cano. Though he has spent time at both short and second, many observers believe he is better suited for the keystone going forward. He had a solid 2013 at the MLB level (.225/.303/.382 in 412 plate appearances), and though his numbers were off this year in limited action, Franklin has continued to swing a big stick against Triple-A pitchers.

Then, there is Adames, who could be something of a wild card in the deal. Just 18, he has a promising .269/.346/.428 slash line through 400 plate appearances at the low-A level this year. He entered the year as Baseball America’s 30th-ranked Tigers prospect, but appears to be raising eyebrows around the game.

That brings us to Seattle, which quietly managed to address its center field need without giving up an indispensable piece of the future. In fact, the 27-year-old Jackson will be at least a mid-term piece for Seattle. He is playing on a $6MM salary this year before hitting arbitration for the final time. He currently sports a .270/.330/.397 line that is approximately league average (as it was last year). With solid contributions in the field and on the bases, he is certainly an above-average big league regular.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported that Jackson and Smyly were part of the deal (via Twitter). Mike Salk of 710 ESPN tweeted that Jackson would head to Seattle. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune first reported Franklin’s inclusion (via Twitter).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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798 Comments on "Tigers Acquire David Price In 3-Team Deal With Rays, Mariners"


amoreperfectunion
1 year 27 days ago

No… sadface. Wish he could have stayed with the Rays. Kind of hoping this falls through…

ihwf_vp
1 year 27 days ago

scherzer going somewhere?

Hoosierdaddy92
1 year 27 days ago

he’s a free agent after this season, so no way.

James25B
1 year 27 days ago

yea cus that stopped Lester from being delt

redmeansgo82
1 year 27 days ago

The Tigers aren’t in last place.

Hoosierdaddy92
1 year 27 days ago

big difference. Why trade for Price just to lose Scherzer? That’s not really an upgrade for this season which the Tigers are actually going for (The Red Sox are future planning).

GenerationInk
1 year 27 days ago

Price has 1 more year of control, and a year’s worth of time to extend him for $$$ Scherzer turned down. Tigers get comp pick for Schezer when he walks. It’s a huge upgrade this season because they both get to pitch in the same rotation.

Eric Murray
1 year 27 days ago

How does adding price to a rotation of Verlander, Scherzer, Sanchez, Porcello not improve them for this year exactly?

$114759666
1 year 27 days ago

Because one of those guys will not be in the rotation come October and yet they still won’t have a guy in the BP that can get lefties out.

Hoosierdaddy92
1 year 27 days ago

I was referring to the above post that i thought was suggesting they were trading Scherzer to get Price. Out of context

jdogg13
1 year 27 days ago

To Disney World, now, apparently.

Bounded
1 year 27 days ago

Why would they Trade Scherzer, they are making a World Series push & it would be stupid to trade their best pitcher

Spencer James
1 year 27 days ago

This website is about to explode.

Alex
1 year 27 days ago

Disappointing, as a Tiger fan. Tigers hopefully get a bullpen arm back as well. Price is also horrible in the postseason. Why not go after Lester? Ah, well. Go Tigers!

Spencer James
1 year 27 days ago

Yes, but this time around he’ll have an offense that can score with the best of them.

Kevin
1 year 27 days ago

What did Lester do that offense last year?

Zack B
1 year 27 days ago

seriously, complaining over this?

StantonLikeMyDaddy
1 year 27 days ago

You’re unbelievable. If these reports are true, you pretty much just PILFERED a top 5 starting pitcher in the game.

DG
1 year 27 days ago

Price is the best lefty in the AL right now. I’ll take him over Lester. Plus, he’s under contract for 2015, and Lester is a free agent at the end of the season. I’m a Rays fan and deeply disappointed that this is all the Rays managed to get back for Price.

Alex
1 year 27 days ago

Forgot about that fact. Man, that A’s trade really was awful… the Tigers are still gonna miss not having Smyly in the pen in the post season. I mean, at least they have Porcello.

Steven Prigge
1 year 27 days ago

Chris Sale says hello

wallywhack
1 year 27 days ago

Wow. You’ve acquired an arm that is arguably better than both Verlander and Scherzer and you’re upset about not going after Lester, who is most certainly the lesser of the three?

CharlieMurphy
1 year 27 days ago

Most certainly the lesser of the three? I’m assuming you aren’t talking about this season. Even then, Lester has been just as dominant in the postseason if not better.

letsgogiants
1 year 27 days ago

No kidding, I’ve had the site crash on me about five times already.

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 27 days ago

This site is getting refreshed so much because of these types of trades that it’s breaking my computer. I love it.

Karkat
1 year 27 days ago

That Tigers/A’s ALCS is gonna be a lot of fun to watch

Ross
1 year 27 days ago

season aint even close to being over yet bud.

Karkat
1 year 27 days ago

The implication is that it basically is now 😛

Nicolas_C
1 year 27 days ago

Don’t sleep on those Angels

Ross
1 year 27 days ago

^^

MB923
1 year 27 days ago

All I see is a blank avatar :)

GetToTheChoppa
1 year 27 days ago

The angels who didn’t beef up the rotation? Just added street? Yeah I’m sure the Lester shark gray rotation and the scherzer verlander price rotation is something the angels can match…..

MikeTroutForMayor
1 year 27 days ago

Mike Trout

MiggyCabby24
1 year 27 days ago

Mike Trout strikes out too much. Great player, but he’s ESPN’s hype machine now. As long as you don’t pitch him down in the zone, you can get him out. He can’t handle pitches up. Classic low-ball hitter.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 27 days ago

Mike Trout will pitch every post-season game 😉

Brodan
1 year 27 days ago

Its like you are implying the Angels won’t just outscore them 10-9

GetToTheChoppa
1 year 27 days ago

You seriously think you’re scoring 10 runs if all those guys go 7+? I’ve got better odds winning the lotto.

Brodan
1 year 27 days ago

It’s like you are implying I was being serious

Brodan
1 year 27 days ago

Its like you are implying the Angels won’t just outscore them 10-9

Eric Murray
1 year 27 days ago

Don’t need to match those rotations if,you have the lineup,to,kill those rotations….which the angels do

MiggyCabby24
1 year 27 days ago

Angels better hope they don’t play the O’s. They match up well with them.Won 4 out of the last 5.

Metsfan93
1 year 27 days ago

I’m more afraid of Sanchez and Porcello than Verlander at this point.

MiggyCabby24
1 year 27 days ago

Now you have Price to worry about, along with Scherzer.

Aron
1 year 27 days ago

The Jays are still kickin around somewhere too, we did sweep those A’s in a 4 game series and the Tigers right after. Granted it was before they got Shark and now Lester and Price but our offense, if clicking, is the best in the Majors. Especially with the trade deadline “acquisitions” of Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and righty masher Adam Lind we should be fine. If Stroman can keep up his performance and our bull pen stays how its been during the second half of the year we’ll be in pretty much every game.

Aron
1 year 27 days ago

The Jays are still kickin around somewhere too, we did sweep those A’s in a 4 game series and the Tigers right after. Granted it was before they got Shark and now Lester and Price but our offense, if clicking, is the best in the Majors. Especially with the trade deadline “acquisitions” of Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and righty masher Adam Lind we should be fine. If Stroman can keep up his performance and our bull pen stays how its been during the second half of the year we’ll be in pretty much every game.

BK
1 year 27 days ago

Tigers havent shown they can beat the Angels, not sure how they are gonna meet the A’s.

Karkat
1 year 27 days ago

Tigers have beat the A’s in each of the last two ALDS’s………

alphabet_soup5
1 year 27 days ago

Ask the A’s if they think they can beat Justin Verlander.

Metsfan93
1 year 27 days ago

My assumption is that assuming whoever wins the AL West is the best record in MLB, A’s/Angels would meet in the ALDS, no? And the Tigers would have the easy road: AL East winner.

Aircool
1 year 27 days ago

Don’t just assume that the Angels win the wild card game… its a one game playoff their pitcher could get shelled…

tigersfan33
1 year 27 days ago

Aircool is right. Plus if the Mariners are the other wild card team, the Angels will have to play a one game playoff against Felix Hernandez.

MiggyCabby24
1 year 27 days ago

And that’s not a very good proposition at all.

Muhamed Mashkulli
1 year 27 days ago

What a crazy day

javywoz
1 year 27 days ago

Gotta be a 3rd team too, this last 10 min will be very interesting…

Ned L
1 year 27 days ago

Lester Vs Price in game 1 of the playoffs………….For Detroit and Oakland?

Kevin
1 year 27 days ago

Scherzer starts game 1 no doubt

Aron
1 year 27 days ago

Id go with Price

Metsfan93
1 year 27 days ago

Price might be marginally better, but Scherzer’s extended tenure on the Tigers will mean he’ll start, I think.

MiggyCabby24
1 year 27 days ago

Extended? Scherzer is gone after this season.

Aircool
1 year 27 days ago

by extended tenure he means the fact that he has been a Detroit Tiger for longer than a couple hours… But IMO that shouldn’t matter… best pitcher pitches Game 1 and then comes back for Game 4/5

Aircool
1 year 27 days ago

by extended tenure he means the fact that he has been a Detroit Tiger for longer than a couple hours… But IMO that shouldn’t matter… best pitcher pitches Game 1 and then comes back for Game 4/5

Aron
1 year 27 days ago

Yeah definitely a good chance he does, for the reasons you stated but I’d always want my best pitcher going first, to throw as many meaningful innings as he can

Aron
1 year 27 days ago

Id go with Price

Aron
1 year 27 days ago

Id go with Price

Bravesfan22
1 year 27 days ago

Wow

1 year 27 days ago

“Oh” – A’s Fans

Spencer James
1 year 27 days ago

Tigers’ GM: “I see your move, Billy Beane. I’ll call and raise you by this Price.”

letsgogiants
1 year 27 days ago

Verlander expressed worry to GM Dobrowski after realizing that acquiring Lester too was for the Tigers.

TWWxKeys
1 year 27 days ago

Called this before the Tigers were even in talks

letsgogiants
1 year 27 days ago

If the Tigers-A’s do match up in the playoffs, it’s gonna be one heck of a series.

Allismileo
1 year 27 days ago

Wow! I was hoping the Pirates, but OK. I wonder how much the Rays got?

Ned L
1 year 27 days ago

Best trade day in a very long time.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 27 days ago

Its like Christmas!!

CHendershott
1 year 27 days ago

Please God no.

Seamaholic
1 year 27 days ago

Hmm … So Smyly from the Tigers. Who else do they have to sell, either to Rays or another team? Interesting. If JV is his usual playoff self, I dunno how you beat that team.

1 year 27 days ago

Who goes against Oakland in Game 5 of the ALDS?

Jorge Correa
1 year 27 days ago

Given the standings I doubt we’ll see another DET-OAK ALDS. My money’s on OAK-LAA and DET-BAL in the ALDS.

1 year 27 days ago

Jered Weaver

mlbaustin
1 year 27 days ago

I don’t think the A’s will play the Tigers in ALDS. Doesn’t the wild card winner play the team with the best record? More thank likely, the best record will come out of the West, and the Tigers win the division. So the only way they play is in the ALCS.

rizdak
1 year 27 days ago

Someone on short rest

Chris Vinnit
1 year 27 days ago

Smyly is a hard trade chip to beat. If Taillon hadn’t gotten TJ and pitched 5-6 starts this season, the Bucs could’ve been in on it but right now they are more offering hopes and dreams than ready for MLB guys.