Rich get richer: Price traded to Tigers

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

DETROIT (AP) — When David Price was fi­nally traded, it was to an un­ex­pected bid­der.

The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award win­ner to their star-stud­ded ro­ta­tion, ac­quir­ing Price from Tampa Bay in a block­buster deal Thurs­day. The Rays re­ceived left-han­der Drew Smyly and mi­nor league in­fielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got in­fielder Nick Franklin from Seat­tle, with Detroit out­fielder Austin Jackson go­ing to the Mariners.

The AL Cen­tral-lead­ing Tigers are try­ing for their fourth con­sec­u­tive divi­sion ti­tle, and their start­ing ro­ta­tion was al­ready a strength. Gen­eral man­ager Dave Dom­browski de­cided to trade for Price any­way, giv­ing Detroit a col­lec­tion of stars on the mound that could be tough to match in any post­sea­son se­ries.

"The ques­tion that we asked our­selves is: What gives us the best chance of win­ning the world cham­pi­onship this year?" Dom­browski said. "We thought adding him to our ro­ta­tion at this point would give us the best chance to do that."

The deal came just hours af­ter the Oak­land Ath­let­ics got an ace of their own, Jon Lester from the Bos­ton Red Sox.

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