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Blue Jays trade for Price, Tigers give up

If the Blue Jays get into the one-game, must-win Wild Card game they have to feel very confident they can win with David Price on the hill.

If the Blue Jays get into the one-game, must-win Wild Card game they have to feel very confident they can win with David Price on the hill.

For most teams, getting an MVP caliber slugger like Troy Tulowitzki would be enough before a trade deadline, but the Toronto Blue Jays made an even bigger blockbuster deal by getting one of the best pitchers in baseball in David Price.

Despite being in position to buy at the deadline as they stand just 3.5 games back from the second Wild Card spot, the Tigers have opted to sell some of their big pieces, in this case the 9-4 left-handed hurler who has a 2.53 ERA on the final year of his deal.

Apparently, the Tigers have bowed out of the race, but the Blue Jays are making major moves to not only make up the two games they are behind for the Wild Card but also the seven games they are trailing the Yankees in the AL East. They sent left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to Detroit for the former Cy Young winner.

Toronto’s lineup is one of the very best in the league but their pitching, particularly their starting pitching, has been a major problem for them the past few years. Veteran Mark Buehrle has been good but seems destined for a major fall-off. R.A. Dickey and Drew Hutchinson have both been struggling with very high ERAs.

Getting Price at the very least gives the Blue Jays an astonishing option on the hill for a one-game Wild Card game playoff. Just imagine having a must-win game and being able to throw Price out there. The confidence has to be pretty high. But in the team’s race to get into that game they have a definite ace.

Price has great history at Rogers Centre as well, posting a career 7-0 ERA with a 3.86 ERA.

The Tigers are also expected to trade impending free agents Yoenis Cespedes and closer Joakim Soria before Friday’s deadline and with those moves will have officially ended their latest attempt to win a World Series with this group of elite players that have not panned out the way they have hoped.

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