Tigers land Price in 3-way deal with M’s, Rays
Just when it looked like Thursday’s Non-Waiver Trade Deadline was going to come and go without Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers making significant noise, they made perhaps the biggest splash of all.
The Tigers worked out a three-way agreement with the Rays and Mariners that brings four-time All-Star and 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price to Detroit.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson — who was removed in the middle of the seventh inning from Detroit’s game against Chicago — headed to Seattle, and Nick Franklin went to Tampa Bay. Tigers lefty Drew Smyly and 18-year-old shortstop prospect Willy Adames (ranked No. 3 in the Tigers system) went to Tampa Bay in the deal.
The Tigers are eyeing the World Series and have given themselves considerable means to get there with July trades for Joakim Soria and now Price. The ace is owed $14 million this year, is under arbitration control next season and will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
Price has spent his entire seven-year career in Tampa Bay, where he’s amassed 82 wins in 175 appearances (170 starts). He owns a career 3.18 ERA and is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA this season.
Jackson, who played five seasons with the Tigers and finished second in the 2010 Rookie of the Year voting, is a career .277 hitter with a .270 average in 99 games this season. Smyly has split time between the bullpen and rotation in his Tigers career, but pitched well as a starter this season (6-9, 3.77 ERA).
In 119 games with the Mariners, Franklin has hit .214 with 12 homers and 47 RBIs.
– Joey Nowak