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.