Date: July 31
Detroit Tigers Received: SP David Price
Picking up David Price was a win for the Tigers on a number of levels. Obviously, adding one of the game's best pitchers to a rotation that was already one of the best in the AL was big, but it also provides Detroit with some insurance should Max Scherzer decide to walk in free agency this offseason.
Price still has a year of team control, and Detroit could opt to turn its attention to locking him up long term as opposed to Scherzer.
Price was shelled his last time out, and he's now 1-2 with a 4.41 ERA in five starts with the Tigers, but this was a move made with the postseason and beyond in mind.
Tampa Bay Rays Received: SP Drew Smyly, IF Nick Franklin, SS Willy Adames
This deal was a bit shocking on the Rays' side at first, as it was hard to believe they couldn't get more for Price, but when all is said and done, they may wind up getting the best end of this deal.
Drew Smyly has gone 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts replacing Price in the rotation, and he's controllable through the 2018 season.
Nick Franklin could wind up replacing Ben Zobrist at second base if he walks after next season, while Willy Adames appears to have as high a ceiling as any shortstop prospect in baseball.
The soon-to-be 19-year-old is hitting .276/.355/.437 with 41 extra-base hits and 61 RBI in full-season Single-A this year. He's well ahead of the developmental curve and should only get better.
Grade: B, with the potential to be an A+ when all is said and done.
Seattle Mariners Received: CF Austin Jackson
As the deadline drew to a close, the Mariners essentially flipped an infielder they didn't have a place for in Nick Franklin for one of the better young center fielders in the game in Austin Jackson. Hard to call that anything but an A+ move.
He's hit just .248/.293/.303 since coming to the Mariners, but there's little question he's an upgrade at the leadoff spot, and Seattle will be counting on him to contribute down the stretch.