(MLB) The Tigers have obtained former Cy Young winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade deadline deal Thursday. David Price will make his debut for his new team Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium against New York.
Pitcher Drew Smyly and center fielder Austin Jackson were included in the trade. Smyly started and went five innings on Thursday. Jackson was replaced between pitches during the bottom of the seventh inning shortly after news of the trade broke on social media.
Jackson will go to the Seattle Mariners and Smyly to the Rays with infielder Nick Franklin going from the Mariners to the Rays. The Tigers are also sending Single-A shortstop Willy Adames, a highly regarded 18-year-old listed as the team’s third-best prospect, to the Rays in the deal, according to Foxsports.com. The Detroit News was the first to report the involvement of Adames in the deal.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported Smyly and Jackson were involved in the deal.
Price was 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.049 WHIP in 170 2/3 innings pitched this season for the Rays and 82-47 with a 3.18 ERA in seven seasons in the majors, all with the Rays. Price will turn 29 in August and will not be a free agent until after the 2015 season.
This gives the Tigers a formidable rotation this season and also protects them for the 2015 season should Max Scherzer depart in free agency following the 2014 season.
Price went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 2012 and edged out Justin Verlander for the Cy Young. Verlander won it in 2011 and Scherzer in 2013.
Price would essentially replace Smyly in the rotation for the Tigers. The Tigers don’t currently have a natural center fielder on the major league roster, but Ezequiel Carrera is a left-handed hitter with a bit of experience in the majors who has been tearing it up for Triple-A Toledo.