For a price

Toronto team gets No. 1 starter it has cov­eted by ac­quir­ing David Price from the Tigers


Blue Jays get No. 1 starter they’ve cov­eted by ac­quir­ing David Price from Tigers.

When the Toronto Blue Jays could put ace Roy Hal­la­day on the mound ev­ery fifth day, Alex An­thopou­los re­called then-gen­eral man­ager J.P. Ric­cia­rdi say­ing that alone made them a great team.

Al­ready be­liev­ing these Blue Jays are a good team, An­thopou­los on Thurs­day filled their big­gest need by trad­ing for star left-handed pitcher David Price. Left-handed pitch­ing prospects Daniel Nor­ris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt went to the Detroit Tigers.

It didn’t mat­ter that the price was three prospects, in­clud­ing the top one in the or­ga­ni­za­tion, or that Price is a free agent af­ter the sea­son.

An­thopou­los be­lieves Price is the No. 1 starter Toronto hasn’t had since Hal­la­day.

“Get­ting guys like Price, that type of im­pact, those (No.) 1 starters, they can make you a great team all by them­selves,” An- thopou­los said at a news con­fer­ence. “It’s more a re­flec­tion on the belief of the guys we have right now, what we have on the ros­ter. We think we’re a good team, and adding a guy like Price we think makes us that much stronger and will give us a chance to win.”

With the Blue Jays two games back of the Min­nesota Twins for the sec­ond Amer­i­can League wild-card, they may sud­denly be favourites to make the play­offs with Price. He is an all-star who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 29-year-old is 9-4 this sea­son with a 2.53 earned-run av­er­age. In his ma­jor-league ca­reer, Price is 95-55 with a 3.13 ERA and 1,285 strike­outs in 1,367 1/3 in­nings, in­clud­ing a 7-0 record at Rogers Cen­tre.

For the next two months Price head­lines a ro­ta­tion that in­cludes R.A. Dickey, Drew Hutchi­son, Mark Buehrle and Marco Estrada. He’s on ro­ta­tion to start as soon as Sun­day against the Kansas City Roy­als but could also pitch Mon­day against the Twins.


Detroit Tigers start­ing pitcher David Price throws dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game against the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, Satur­day, July 18, 2015, in Detroit. The Toronto Blue Jays have ac­quired ace pitcher Price from the Detroit Tigers, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple media re­ports.

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