Tigers Deal Price To Toronto

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Within minutes of the announcement of David Price being dealt from the Detroit Tigers to the Toronto Blue Jays, his Wikipedia page was updated with the new information.

With the MLB trading deadline fast approaching, the Tigers general manager Dave Dumbrowski indicated he was ready to deal a number of players who were scheduled to become free agents at the end of the season. It didn’t take him long as both teams announced the Price deal that includes three other players.

An article by Steve Schrader in the Detroit Free Press today speculated on who Dumbrowski would be looking at in exchange for his stars, but did not predict a trade with the Blue Jays. The Astros, Dodgers, and Giants were all listed as being in contention. Price, at least, won’t be going to those teams, now.

The Blue Jays are just two games out of the wild card race and, with the addition of former Cy Young winner Price and, all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, they are considered a contender despite a 51-51 record.

Detroit, on the other hand, signalled that they were sellers in the trade market in an effort to reboot for next season. The Tigers sit at 49-52 and are 3.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second wildcard spot.

Price has a 2.53 ERA with 138 strikeouts and 29 walks in 146 innings with the Tigers. He is scheduled to start Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. He is set to hit the free agent market at the end of the season if he doesn’t re-sign with the Jays. Detroit will likely be picking up his $19.75 million salary for the remainder of this season, equalling to about $6.6 million.

This is the second year in a row that Price has been traded at the deadline.

When informed of the trade Price took to social media to express his thoughts.

“My niece is already ready!!” he Tweeted. “#tigers thanks for everything…#bluejays lets ride!! Entire country rooting for us! #Wow.”

Going to Detroit will be three top left-handed pitching prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, and Jairo Labourt. Norris started the season in the Jays starting rotation, but command issues forced him onto the farm at AAA Buffalo. He has a 4.27 ERA with 78 strikeouts and 41 walks in 90.2 innings.

Boyd lasted two starts for Toronto before being sent down and Labourt was with the Class A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays.

Norris was equally thrilled to be heading to the Motor City.

“Incredibly thankful for my time with the @BlueJays – dreams came true,” he wrote on Twitter. “Detroit, I’m stoked to be here. Truly. @tigers #justkeeplivin.”


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata