Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first reported the big news:
Source: #Tigers get Price.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
Fox Sports 1's Jon Morosi provided the full details for the massive trade:
Four-player deal confirmed: David Price to Tigers, Austin Jackson to Mariners, Nick Franklin and Drew Smyly to Rays. No other prospects.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski already bolstered the bullpen by landing Joakim Soria, but now he's added to a loaded starting pitching staff with Price entering the fold. Twitter has had plenty to say in light of this monumental deal.
ESPN Stats & Info noted just how powerful the trio at the top of Detroit's rotation is, as Price joins Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander:
David Price reportedly traded to Tigers. If that happens, Tigers would have last 3 Cy Young winners - Scherzer, Price & Verlander— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 31, 2014
Baseball-Reference took the opportunity to point out just how nice Price is trending this season:
David Price's ERA by month this season: April: 4.75 May: 3.80 June: 2.27 July: 1.74 http://t.co/VV3BZ38SYr— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 31, 2014
Sports finance expert Robert Raiola weighed in on what Price's deal means for the Tigers:
An interesting scene unfolded for one of the Detroit players involved in the blockbuster trade, per SportsCenter:
Austin Jackson leaves game in Detroit to big ovation. He's part of deal for David Price.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 31, 2014
CBS Sports personality Doug Gottlieb weighed in on the bizarre situation:
Austin Jackson being hooked mid inning is one of the weirdest things I have ever seen #Tigers— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) July 31, 2014
Outfielder Austin Jackson now brings a hot bat to the Seattle Mariners, per Sportradio 950 KJR's Dave Mahler:
Austin Jackson hitting .320 vs LHP this year, .891 OPS in July.— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) July 31, 2014
Joe Sheehan of Sports Illustrated and USA Today's Bob Nightengale feel the Mariners made out rather well by jumping into the Price sweepstakes:
Buried in this is Nick Franklin for Austin Jackson, which is a pretty sweet deal for the #mariners.— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) July 31, 2014
The #Mariners come out as big winners getting Austin Jackson for Nick Franklin.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2014
But the biggest name in this deal is Price, of course. Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com was in disbelief—along with many others—that Price was moved:
The Tigers seriously got David Price? That really happened? Goodness gracious— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) July 31, 2014
Rivals.com's Sean Callahan noted how this move by the American League Central-leading Tigers suggests they are chasing the AL's top team in the hunt for the Commissioner's Trophy in October:
The Tigers basically said "take that Oakland" after they added David Price. Man they are going to be a tough out. Dodgers vs. Tigers series— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) July 31, 2014
The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre feels it's a mere formality that the Tigers and Oakland Athletics will meet in the ALCS:
FanGraphs.com's David Cameron had a bit of a different take on the situation and how it pertains to Detroit beyond the 2014 campaign:
David Price is very good. David Price, at $20 million next year? No one was giving up the farm for that.— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) July 31, 2014
Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin felt the Rays could have netted more in return for such a pristine asset in Price:
That's all the Rays got for David Price?— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) July 31, 2014
Interestingly, Price thought he was out of the woods and off the trading block well before he was dealt:
This is my last start for the Rays....IN JULY!!! 😂😂😂 been up and been ready!!!— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) July 30, 2014
How does David Price impact the Tigers?
In a best-of-seven playoff series, Detroit suddenly has a phenomenal chance to win three of the requisite four games to clinch now that it has Price, Scherzer and Verlander dealing. Even though Verlander is in the midst of a slumping season, the Tigers also have Rick Porcello (12-5, 3.24 ERA) pitching extremely well, and veteran Anibal Sanchez has also been stellar.
Power pitching can intimidate even the most formidable lineups and bring them to their knees, especially in the playoffs. That is what Price and his MLB-leading 189 strikeouts bring to the table in Detroit. This strong of a staff will aid the Tigers' efforts to get over the hump and enhance their odds of winning their first World Series since 1984.