The Toronto Blue Jays wanted a starting pitcher to make a run for the playoff and beyond and on Wednesday they did just that. The Toronto Blue Jays acquired all-star David price from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for left-handed pitching prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt. Price who has one l year left on his contract is due to become an unrestricted free agent and could be cashing big in the off-season.
David Price a rental player
His salary is at 19.75 million and with his current record at 9-4 with a 2.53 earned-run average, it will be hard to extend price past this season. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he was not thinking yet if he will plan to resign David Price past this season, which will be a extremely hard to accomplish. All this to say, the Toronto Blue Jays want to win it all this year.
“That doesn’t mean you walk away from him,” Anthopoulos said at a news conference at Rogers Centre. “The opportunity to get a No. 1 starter — we haven’t had a true No. 1 since Roy Halladay was here.”
In acquiring David Price, the Jays are adding a true ace to their roster, which was an obvious need, if they wanted to land in the post-season and go deep into it. Price will complementing a rotation staff that has R.A. Dickey, Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle and Marco Estrada. The acquisition of David Price makes the Jays the busiest team at the MLB trade deadline getting in their roster the biggest pieces available. In other trades this week, the Blue Jays also obtained shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
“I think every team in baseball would love to have this guy on their team long term,” he said. “We’ve just got to get in the line.”
David Price is set to potentially start on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals or on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. For Price, this is the second year in a row he has been traded at the trade deadline Last year, he was acquired by the Tigers, in a three-team-deal where the Tigers sent Austin Jackson, infielder Willy Adames and starter Drew Smyly.
“If anyone wants to know what it looks like to be all in, check out the Jays,” Rays pitcher Chris Archer tweeted. This a term Anthopoulos didn’t appreciate to be doing. “I really dislike the term,” he said. “I totally don’t agree with it. I don’t believe you ever operate that way. We’re always focused on the short- and long-term.”
The Blue Jays are 2 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the last AL Wild card spot.
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