Reports have been coming in for weeks that the Oakland Athletics were planning for another postseason showdown with the Detroit Tigers by trading for several ace starting pitchers. If that is indeed the case, the Tigers have answered in the most awesome way possible, by reportedly trading for David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays at the eleventh hour as the MLB Trade Deadline passed.
The Tigers already have Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, both of whom are likely to be on their A-game when October arrives. Now, with the addition of yet another ace-caliber starter, they are possibly the favorites to win any five- or seven-game series. This could be one of the better moves the Tigers have ever pulled off.
While the A’s have added another huge starter in Jon Lester, they Tigers still match up very well even without Price. With this addition, the A’s and every other team likely eying the MLB postseason must see the writing on the wall. This year the road to the American League representation in the World Series goes directly through Detroit.
Whether it is the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels or Athletics, no one is likely to have fun facing a staff where Price might not even be the No. 1 starter. Nothing is guaranteed during this day in baseball and there is no way to know for sure.
Even though it reportedly cost them Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners and Drew Smyly to the Rays, the Tigers clearly wanted to make sure that they were as prepared as they could be for the postseason. They have very obviously done just that in adding Price.