Price deal the latest coup for Tigers' Dombrowski
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MLB Team Report - Detroit Tigers DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had no idea he'd be adding another Cy Young Award winner this week.
David Price on Thursday.
The price for Price was naturally steep. He gave up young left-handed starter Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames to Tampa Bay and starting center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle in the three-way blockbuster.
"Yesterday, in the morning, if you'd have asked me, 'What's your chances of getting David Price?' I'd have probably said zero," Dombrowski said. "My gut did not tell me at all yesterday morning that we were going to be in this at all."
Dombrowski had some discussions with the Rays about 10 days earlier but didn't think they were going anywhere. As the deadline approached, the Rays were more interested in moving Price, who becomes a free agent after the 2015 season. Now the Tigers suddenly have the last three American League Cy Young winners in their rotation -- Justin Verlander (2011), Price (2012) and Max Scherzer (2013).
"Don't get it twisted. We're going to miss Jax, we're going to miss Drew, but as far as the business side of the game, David Price is a bulldog," Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter said. "The next two months, he's going to push us, he's going to help us. He's going to push some other guys in the starting rotation as well.
"He's going to push us to get in the postseason and when he gets in the postseason, that dude's mindset is totally different. He's a bulldog, so I'm excited to have him. I hated facing him, so I'm going to enjoy watching him pitch."
The acquisition of Price effectively neutralized Oakland's trade for Boston ace Jon Lester earlier in the day. The Tigers, like the A's, are all in as they seek their first World Series title since 1984.
It also gives the Tigers insurance in case they do not resign Scherzer, who becomes a free agent after the season.
"We'll see what happens in the wintertime," Dombrowski said of Scherzer. "I do know that at least we know we have David with us."
Dombrowski also tried to pry away one of his former players, left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, from Boston. Miller, who was included in the 2007 deal with the Marlins that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit, wound up being dealt to Baltimore.
The biggest loss for the Tigers is Jackson, who had 15 multi-hit games in July and anchored their outfield defense. Ezequiel Carrera, a left-handed hitter, was promoted from Toledo after the game and will platoon with right-handed hitting Rajai Davis in center.
Jackson will be reunited in Seattle with former Tigers batting coach Lloyd McClendon, the Mariners' manager. Seattle plays at Detroit on Aug. 15-17.
"I talked to Lloyd and he's pretty pumped up," said Jackson, who was batting .273 with four homers and 32 RBIs. "Me and him have a good relationship, I'm looking forward to getting back and working with him and trying to help Seattle win. I'm going to a team that's trying to get better. We'll come back in a couple weeks and hopefully we don't do too much damage."
Dombrowski traded two prospects to Texas for reliever Joakim Soria a week earlier and there were no hints he was looking to make a bigger move. But as he has shown in the past, Dombrowski is never afraid to do anything to bring Detroit the ultimate prize that has eluded it for 30 years.
"The opportunity to add a guy like David Price doesn't come along very often," he said. "He's that good. If we win, I'll be very satisfied."
----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - Detroit Tigers RECORD: 58-47
STREAK: Lost one
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