Detroit Tigers Received: SP David Price
With just minutes to go before the deadline, Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski pulled off a bombshell of a trade as he acquired David Price in a three-team swap.
Now that Price is in the mix, the Tigers have the last three AL Cy Young Award winners, and the team is supposed to have one of the most imposing rotations in baseball. That second part hasn't gone to plan. Detroit's pitching staff has been hit by a flood of injuries, and Price has produced a strong start and a shaky one.
In the big picture, there is another benefit to acquiring Price. The Tigers have more leverage over Max Scherzer as they discuss a potential new deal in the offseason because the arrival of Price makes it much easier to absorb the loss of the right-hander.
Seattle Mariners Received: OF Austin Jackson
The Seattle Mariners have been one of the biggest surprises of 2014, but their offense has been dismal. That makes Austin Jackson an ideal fit in the Pacific Northwest. The right-handed hitter hasn't taken off for the M's just yet, but he provides the combination or speed and power that can make him a spark plug for the wild-card contenders.
Tampa Bay Rays Received: SP Drew Smyly, SS Nick Franklin and SS Willy Adames
This one was a puzzling move by Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman.
The Rays went on a ridiculous run to climb back into the wild-card chase and then on deadline day the front office jettisoned the staff ace. From a business perspective, dealing Price made all sorts of sense, as the 29-year-old is set to make a mint in arbitration this winter. From a baseball perspective, it didn't make any at all—especially considering the underwhelming return.
Drew Smyly is already a quality big league contributor, Nick Franklin could be one in time, and who knows, maybe Willy Adames will be an All-Star in 2018. Still, for a pitcher like Price that's nowhere near a strong enough return. Right now, this move looks like a complete bust.
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