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.


798 Responses to Tigers Acquire David Price In 3-Team Deal With Rays, Mariners Leave a Reply

  1. letsgogiants 1 year ago

    Talk about a good deal for the Tigers. Just Jackson + Smyly + Adames for a year and a half of Price? I’ll take that every day of the week.

  2. Ace2095 1 year ago

    Whats the deal on Zobrist? Is he a Pirate or a Ray?

  3. Kevin McClintock 1 year ago

    No David Price as a Pirate, Brewer or Dodger.

    Win for St. Louis

    • FredBird 1 year ago

      Yeah but they could of gotten him for as much TB asked for.

    • Eric Murray 1 year ago

      Not if the cards get to the world series and have to face that rotation

  4. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Are you sure this deal did come from one of those fake accounts???

    • Ace2095 1 year ago

      I have no idea about Zobrist, I heard he was traded to the Pirates on Baseball Tonight and they usually don’t report false stuff do they? (I assume this is what you were talking about)

      • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

        No i was referring to the fact that the Rays just got robbed blind for their ace.

        • Ace2095 1 year ago

          Oh my bad, I just saw someone say something about a fake account and the Zobrist trade

  5. StantonLikeMyDaddy 1 year ago

    Dombrowski and Beane need to get sloppy drunk and have one of those old sword duels. It only seems right.

  6. Guest 1 year ago

    The Rays got more for Alex Torres

    • Guest 1 year ago

      link to mlbtraderumors.com

      For Torres the Rays got Brad Boxberger ( 4hits 0ER in his last 15.1 innings),
      An A-ball infielder hitting .300, A utility infielder barely hitting his weight and a borderline MLB ready pitcher with a 3.5+ ERA.

      For Price they got: An A-ball infielder hitting .269, A utility infielder barely hitting his weight (in the majors) and a borderline MLB pitcher with a 3.5+ ERA.

  7. Joshua hatt 1 year ago

    I thought the Rays would get more for Price, nice deal for the Tigers and Mariners though.

    I hope the Tigers face the A’s in the ALCS, that would be an amazing series to watch.

  8. Guest 1 year ago

    Tigers got hosed with the Fister trade and return the favor to the Rays for Price

    • animedad 1 year ago

      The Mariners got hosed on the Fister trade and got hosed again today.

      • Seamaholic 1 year ago

        Austin Jackson for Nick Franklin is a hose job? What the?

  9. YankeeFan™ 1 year ago

    The Rays Got ROBBED

  10. Seamaholic 1 year ago

    Whole lotta good deals for buyers and bad deals for sellers today. Red Sox-A’s deal seemed fair, but that’s about the only one.

  11. jawilli31 1 year ago

    That doesn’t make sense, it looks way too short between the ends. Can’t say I agree with this rumor.

  12. Jack Miller 1 year ago

    They made this trade because of Oakland 😉

  13. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    So is there anyone left to trade that not a Phillie?

    • Ace2095 1 year ago

      Koji,Rios,Napoli,Beckham are the ones that come to mind

  14. Tanthalas 1 year ago

    Wow. Seattle and Detroit both make off like bandits in this, and Tampa gets doubly fleeced. That is a shockingly bad return for David Price.

  15. Nate 1 year ago

    if franklin doesn’t hit within the first week he’ll be booed out of the city

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      What fans are gonna do that?

      • Nate 1 year ago

        your right im over reacting but Im unimpressed by this… we should have held on to Price if this is it… not to say it won’t work out but I definitely have a pit in my stomach after reading this

        • Ace2095 1 year ago

          I’m a Red Sox fan so I share most of your pain, there is one thing I don’t share though, and that is the feeling of giving away an ace pitcher for nothing :P. Sorry I just like fun jabbing like this 😛

          • Nate 1 year ago

            hahaha its all good bro… I would have happily given up Guyer and Price for Cespedes after hearing about this

          • Ace2095 1 year ago

            Maybe Freidman sees something that nobody else is able to see.

          • Nate 1 year ago

            its possible… Franklin could bounce back and be great… i’ll keep my fingers crossed… till then I really need that drink

        • Evan 1 year ago

          I think he ment the Rays have no fans to boo anyone. Even if he didn’t….Bazinga

    • Out of place Met fan 1 year ago

      Its Tampa, only going to be 500 fans there to boo…won’t be to bad

  16. slasher016 1 year ago

    I’m not sure why everyone is saying the Rays got robbed. They gave up 1.33 years of Price for 6 years of Franklin who had a .800+ OPS in the minors, 4.33 years of a young pitcher who has already generated 6.2 career bWAR, and an up and coming SS prospect who is hitting well in low A while being the youngest player in the league.

    • Nate 1 year ago

      in other words… a 2b who has been useless in the majors(quad a player at best… so far), an SP who has struggled recently and at his peak is a 3rd starter and a guy who is 2-4 years away… excuse me for not being impressed

      • slasher016 1 year ago

        Franklin had a 1.9 bWAR last year (102 games). That’s far from useless. Smyly is probably a peak 3rd starter sure, but he’s already useful.

        • Nate 1 year ago

          Franklin barely batted over 200 last year… Im sorry but for an elite SP like Price that is useless

          • slasher016 1 year ago

            Oh I forgot batting average is the end all stat.

          • Nate 1 year ago

            ok his OPS was under 700 in over 400 ABs… that is an end all stat and Im not impressed

          • it is not at all (I think it is an entirely overrated stat and I like OPS better) but WAR certainly is not the end all stat either.
            A .649 career OPS and an OBP .291 in 416 AB’s is hard to swallow.
            I like Franklin and think he has a good up side but it doesn’t change the thinking that the Rays should had gotten more.
            The Mariners got a good deal though.

        • johansantana15 1 year ago

          True, but before today we were hearing the Rays wanted can’t miss top notch prospects like Seager, Urias, Pederson, Taveras, etc. To get two guys who you have to describe as “far from useless” and “useful” instead is quite a downgrade.

    • “800+ OPS in the minors.”
      That is all fine. But that is the minors and not the majors. Their are NUMEROUS of players in the minors that can have an 800+ OPS but they never amount to anything in the majors.

      I’m not saying Franklin won’t be anything in the majors but for a legit Ace in David Price that you can have next year, I’m expecting a bit more of a return. I’m not even a Rays fan and I think this…

    • RHova87 1 year ago

      Up and coming SS? He’s hitting .269 in the midwest league (hitters paradise) and appears on exactly zero top 50 or even top 100 prospect lists.

      • paqza 1 year ago

        Can’t just look at the average. He’s hitting .269/.346/.428 which is totally respectable considering his age and defense.

      • paqza 1 year ago

        Can’t just look at the average. He’s hitting .269/.346/.428 which is totally respectable considering his age and defense.

  17. tiduss 1 year ago

    “They made that trade for us” – A’s

  18. OaklandFan22 1 year ago

    Seems to me that the Rays got the shaft.

    • northsfbay 1 year ago

      You would think the A’s could have gave a better offer for Price.

      • OaklandFan22 1 year ago

        We sure gave the cubbies a better haul then what the Rays were able to get. Addison straight up for Price would be better, I believe, then what the Rays got in this deal

        • northsfbay 1 year ago

          I am one the few people in the Bay Area that roots for all the Bay Area teams.

          • OaklandFan22 1 year ago

            Well then I shouldn’t use “we” haha

  19. Nate 1 year ago

    I would have gladly taken Cespedes for Price and Guyer over this

  20. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Hey Scherzer meet your 2015 replacement.

  21. DetroitTigers 1 year ago

    Hm, I was correct. Jackson got traded. haha yes! People doubted me!

  22. DetroitTigers 1 year ago

    The tigers better get another outfielder. That’s all im saying.

    • Hello it's Dick again 1 year ago

      Carrera is better defensively and has 43 steals this year

  23. Kevin S 1 year ago

    How is it that the Cardinals could not have come up with a better package to TB? Seems like with the package TB got, STL could have gotten Price without including Oscar Taveras.

  24. javywoz 1 year ago

    Still hitting refresh every minute, theres more for the Rays, right? right? Heading home to have a talk with mister Jim Beam.

  25. Jon 1 year ago

    The Rays got more for Alex Torres than they did for David Price

    For Torres the Rays got Brad Boxberger ( 4hits 0ER in his last 15.1 innings),
    An A-ball infielder hitting .300, A utility infielder barely hitting his weight and a borderline MLB ready pitcher with a 3.5+ ERA.

    For Price they got: An A-ball infielder hitting .269, A utility infielder barely hitting his weight (in the majors) and a borderline MLB pitcher with a 3.5+ ERA.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      I hate the trade too, but Smyly is WAY more than a borderline MLB pitcher.

      • Jon 1 year ago

        I’m exaggerating slightly to make a point but he is at least a borderline Starter. He is averaging 5 1/3 innings per start with about a 4ERA as a starter… not exactly WAY more than borderline

    • Salty Dog 1 year ago

      Franklin is a 23 year old slashing .294/.392/.455 in AAA this year. You can’t look only at his major league stats. Have to project what he’s going to be in a few years in the majors. I think his minor league numbers suggest he’s going to be significantly better than the major league numbers he’s put up this far.

  26. DetroitTigers 1 year ago

    Go tigers. Now or never. We got this.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      It certainly is now or never. I’m rooting for them. All those 30+ hamstrings …. hang in there until November.

      • DetroitTigers 1 year ago

        Exactly. SO close these past couple of years.

  27. Nate 1 year ago

    I thought Addames was the no. 3 prospect… now there saying no. 30… this just keeps getting better and better

    • slasher016 1 year ago

      Team vs. overall in MLB I believe is the difference.

      • Nate 1 year ago

        the no. 30 in Tigers organization prolly isn’t even in top 250 in MLB

    • He is #3 for the Tigers.
      But I don’t seem him listed overall on Baseball-America and Baseball-Reference doesn’t have him listed as an overall top prospect. Unless MLB.com moved up him way at Mid Season

      • GD 1 year ago

        #3 for the Tigers is like all other teams #20 lol.

        Tigers Farm has been so depleted it’s not even funny. But hey they have 3 CY Young SPs in their rotation now. There’s a price for something.

    • RHova87 1 year ago

      started at 30, jumped to 3 midseason

  28. Mike1L 1 year ago

    interesting, i thought price would fetch a higher price

  29. DetroitTigers 1 year ago

    Now we just gotta get rid of avila and we will be good! 😀

  30. Dan Bowen 1 year ago

    Friedman probably thought this was fantasy baseball and accidentally clicked the “Send Trade Proposal” button.

  31. Jim Taylor 1 year ago

    Rays got absolutely fleeced in this deal. Talks of Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller, Julio Urias. All they got is a middling infielder in Franklin and a number 3 starter in Smyly. Compared to the haul they got for Garza and Shields this is nothing. It really shows you why Epstein said yes as soon as Addison Russell was included for Samardzija.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      The SS prospect they got is supposed to be very good. Youngest guy in his league and a terrific fielder. The deal may turn out OK, but I’m not sure I trust the Rays judgment on position players. Pitchers, yes.

  32. Eric Mack 1 year ago

    Since when is .225/.303/.382 “solid” at the MLB level?

    • westcoastwhitesox 1 year ago

      when you play for the Mariners organization 😀

    • amoreperfectunion 1 year ago

      I think they’re trying to spin it so the Rays fans don’t feel so bad…

  33. amoreperfectunion 1 year ago

    The more I look at this deal, the more I feel like the Rays got Lando’ed – “This deal is getting worse all the time!”

  34. DetroitTigers 1 year ago

    Avila and Coke need to be gone and we got this in the bag. Tigers champions.

  35. javywoz 1 year ago

    Next years Rays rotation would have been Cobb, Moore, Archer, Odorizzi and Hellickson. I’m failing to see how Smyly is a great upgrade over any of those. Even if Moore isn’t ready, you still have prospects Karns and Romero at AAA who wouldn’t be that much if at all worse than Smyly. Still scratching my head. Franklin is a nice back up plan for when we lose Zobrist, but thats about it.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      Moore’s not back until May, and then he’ll probably stink for a while (most TJ guys do).

  36. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 1 year ago

    Definitely an eyebrow raising move, but time tends to prove Friedman more right than wrong.

    On the Tigers side, clearly they’ve entered into an arms race with the A’s and I’m just praying now for an A’s/Tigers ALCS. But in the long term, can they afford Scherzer next season? With the addition of Price who could cost between $18M-$20M next year they have about $115M on the books already and I’m pretty sure that’s 7 contracts.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      Not so sure about Friedman. His record on trades is no better than most GM’s. Some real stinkers in there. His strength is signing low-end FA’s and having them turn into gems. He has no peers there.

  37. BitLocker 1 year ago

    TB better hope there’s more in this trade that hasn’t been announced. Red Sox got more for Lackey.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      No, that’s not true at all. Cards sent a couple extraneous, soon-to-be journeyman pieces that may or may not even be on the Sox next year. In this deal the Rays get a mid-rotation starter, a disappointing former elite prospect, and a fast-rising elite SS prospect. It’s not a good return for Price, but it’s in the ballpark.

      • RHova87 1 year ago

        Seamaholic, I believe that you are incorrect.

  38. Ace2095 1 year ago

    Who here thinks RAJ did an amazing job today?

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

      Well he didn’t make any bad trades….

      • Silence 1 year ago

        Honestly, after seeing the fall out of the Price trade, I’m kind of glad we didn’t trade Hamels/Lee.

        Yeah he overvalues his talent, but I rather him overvalue talent than give away talent for the sake of giving it away.

        If this was the “best” last minute deal the Rays got, I’m happy RAJ didn’t pull a similar type of move.

  39. Silence 1 year ago

    This is one of the worst trades, in recent memory, that has happened in the MLB.

  40. Jon 1 year ago

    Sure if Willy Adames is the next Manny Machado then this won’t be too bad of a trade. And even Zobrist had an awful 1st couple of years in the majors so maybe there is hope for Franklin too. But where does Smyly fit in?

  41. DieHardMsFan 1 year ago

    Man I love this trade from the M’s perspective. I was never a huge fan of Franklin once I saw him with the M’s. Great trade Z!

  42. cgriffith 1 year ago

    Dombrowski ” we have been pursuing this for 10 days” “Rays GM called him again last night” WOW!!! – Mr Illitch gave his blessing before the game

    • DetroitTigers 1 year ago

      i thought you said jackson wasnt getting traded hehe

    • Ace2095 1 year ago

      I’ve had this view for awhile but I think Illitch is a top 5 owner, am I the only one who sees things this way? 😛

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