David Price Reportedly Traded to Toronto Blue Jays

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio

Starting pitcher David Price is set to join the Toronto Blue Jays for a package including top prospect Daniel Norris, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Earlier in the day, Heyman reported the Blue Jays were making a "major push" to land Price and noted they were viewed as "heavy favorites" to complete a trade. Rosenthal corroborated that, citing an executive who was involved in the bidding for Price.

The Blue Jays beat out a long list of teams who had been interested in landing the talented lefty. 

The Dodgers had been in the driver's seat for Price for almost a week now; on July 23, Nightengale reported Los Angeles had Price "atop their wish list."

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported the Astros had also initiated talks with the Tigers over Price, per Rosenthal, while Morosi reported Detroit liked the Giants' Double-A pitching prospects Tyler Beede, Joe Biagini and Kelvin Marte along with High-A prospect Keury Mella.

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reported the Cubs immediately contacted Detroit about Price once it became clear he may be available. 

On July 26, Bo McKinnis, Price's agent, said that he anticipates that the Tigers are waiting to make a decision on Price's status within the organization during the final hours ahead of the trade deadline, via Chris McCosky the Detroit News:

When we got eight days from the deadline I had some folks ask me my thoughts then. ...

I have no doubt that Dave's going to drag it to Thursday or Friday. If I was in his shoes that's what I would do. This team was set up to win and it's just kind of hard to throw in the towel. ...

To say we've had no talks would be incorrect. We have had talks. It was just very evident that we were coming from different places in the very beginning.

There's no doubt the Tigers would like to keep him. And I do believe they're going to make an effort to bring him back this winter.

The 29-year-old left-hander is enjoying another outstanding season atop the Detroit rotation. He's posted a 2.53 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP while striking out 138 batters in 146 innings across 21 starts. The former Tampa Bay Rays ace has a career 3.12 ERA.

Price is scheduled to hit the open market this winter after making $19.75 million this season, according to Spotrac. So while the Blue Jays managed to land the talented ace for the rest of the season, his future with the club is hazy at best. 


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