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MLB Notes: Rays ace Price traded to Detroit

First Published Jul 31 2014 11:14PM      Last Updated Jul 31 2014 11:17 pm

FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Detroit • The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay’s David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday.

A person familiar with the trade, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet announced, did not say for whom the left-hander was dealt for.

The trade joins Price with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the rotation for the AL Central-leading Tigers, giving Detroit the last three American League Cy Young winners.

The deal comes just hours after the Oakland Athletics got Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox.



Price’s departure became a clear possibility when the Rays fell way behind in the AL East race earlier this season. Tampa Bay has played much better over the last month and entered Thursday only 5 1/2 games behind a wild card — but the Rays decided to deal their ace anyway.

Tampa Bay signed Price to a $14 million deal for this season, avoiding arbitration, but he isn’t eligible for free agency until after next season. That means Detroit’s rotation — which also includes Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello — should be impressive in 2015 even if Scherzer leaves via free agency this offseason.

With a lineup anchored by Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler — and that remarkable rotation — Detroit has remained in first place for almost all of 2014. The Tigers tried to shore up one trouble spot — the bullpen — by trading for Joakim Soria last week.

Now Detroit has emerged with Price in another bold move aimed at bringing a championship to the Motor City.

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Red Sox

The last-place Boston Red Sox have traded pitching for power.

Now they can use some name tags to stick on the jerseys of the newcomers.

Nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox unloaded five key members of that championship team Thursday.

They parted with their best two starters by sending left-hander Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics and John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals. Then they traded lefty reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles. They also dealt away two underachieving hitters. Outfielder Jonny Gomes went with Lester to Oakland and shortstop Stephen Drew headed to the New York Yankees.

Key players coming to Boston are outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Oakland and right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig from St. Louis.

 

 

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