The Tigers just gave a big boost to their World Series hopes and acquired star Rays pitcher David Price.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first reported the trade, which is supposedly a three team deal between the Tigers, Rays, and Mariners.
The Tigers were rumored to be the top team in contention for Price’s services leading up the 4 p.m. eastern trade deadline. CBS Sports writer Mike Axisa reports that Tiger's outfielder Austin Jackson will head to the Mariners and Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin are going to the Rays.
In Detroit, Price will join a talented starting rotation that already includes perennial Cy Young contender Justin Verlander and All-Star Max Scherzer. That 1-2-3 punch in the starting rotation could easily be the difference between an early exit and a deep playoff run come October.
Detroit is currently in first place in the A.L. Central and boasts a 58-46 record. They’re heavily favored to hold on to first place and win the division, but that’s not what this trade is about. By acquiring Price, the Tigers are sending a clear message to the league: they’re gunning for a World Series in 2014.