The Detroit Tigers traded the impending free agent ace, as they look to rebuild. Price is expected to be a free agent at the end of this season.
In exchange for the talented left-hander, the Tigers will receive minor league pitcher Daniel Norris, who was Toronto’s second round pick in 2011. Plus, he’s ranked as the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball.
The package will also include minor league outfielder Anthony Alford, as well.
Price, who said on Twitter, “I don’t care what happens today… I’m taking BP at 2 in Camden (Yards) no matter what… don’t care what anyone says.” He’s drawn interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and the San Francisco Giants in recent days.
The 29-year-old is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 ERA with a 1.110 WHIP. In addition, he’s struck out 138 batters and walked just 29.
He comes to the Blue Jays, who needed a starter following their blockbuster trade of Troy Tulowitzki a few days ago. As a starting rotation, they had a 4.50 ERA, but that was fifth-worst among MLB teams.
Right now, the Blue Jays, who haven’t been to the playoffs since their World Series win in 1993, currently has a 51-51 record. They are also seven games out of first place in the AL East, which is led by the Yankees.
To get Tulowitzki and Price in just three days, the Blue Jays are not messing around. They want to make the playoffs – or general manager Alex Anthopoulos might be looking for a new job following his bold moves to get them closer than ever before.