This year, he was worth a high-ranking pitching prospect. Last year, he was worth a high-ranking pitching prospect.
This year, he was the throw in price of a couple of minor league pitchers. Last year, he was worth the throw-in of a light-hitting infielder.
One year later, it seems comparable. The Rays got major leaguers, but no one can be sure about how good the prospects are that the Tigers got. Norris is one of the prized prospects in the game.
Last year, a lot of Rays’ fans were disappointed the team didn’t get more in return for an all-star such as Price than pitcher Drew Smyly, who was 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA at the time. Smyly actually outpitched Price the rest of last year, going 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA while Price was 4-4 with a 3.50. This year, Price is 9-4 and made his fifth straight all-star game.
In his two half-seasons with Detroit, Price was 13-8 with a 2.90 ERA. Smyly has been injured most of this season.
The Tigers moved Price for three minor league pitchers: David Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo LeBourt. Norris was the team’s No. 2 selection in the 2011 draft. The Blue Jays lead the league in runs scored and slugging percentage, but their pitching ranks 22nd.
Price will be a free agent after this season.
With the acquisitions of Troy Tulowitzki and Price over the last three days, the Blue Jays have an outside shot of catching the Yankees in the AL East. They are seven games out at 51-51 and seeking their first post-season play since 1993.