David Price is Headed to the Toronto Blue Jays

David Price

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to ship former Cy Young award winner David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers will receive Daniel Norris, Matthew Boyd, and Jairo Labourt in exchange for Price. Norris is an interesting piece for dynasty owners. He has spent this year in AAA but could make an appearance with the Tigers this season. The Blue Jays acquire a front of the rotation starter less than 24 hours after landing Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies.

For Price this move is an interesting one as it pertains to his fantasy value. Thus far this season he is 9-4 in 21 starts. He has a 2.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 138 strikeouts. Currently sitting as the 13th best pitcher on ESPN’s Player Rater, Price has had an impressive first half of the season to say the least.

Going forward I would expect Price to stay in a relatively similar position. The move for Price will allow him to presumably maintain his current run support and finish strong in terms of wins. The strikeouts should remain even in this move. I do however expect his ERA to inflate from the mid 2’s to the low 3’s. Rogers Center is a stadium that allows the long ball and David Price tends to give up more fly balls than ground balls. For his career he has a 60/40 split for his fly ball to ground ball ratio. Per ESPN Stats and Info, Price is 7-0 in 9 career starts at Rogers Centre with a 3.86 ERA.

Without Miguel Cabrera the Tigers are becoming sellers at the trade deadline. Owners should expect to see Cabrera the rest of the season or if we do it won’t be for long.Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria among others could find themselves on the move between now and Friday’s deadline. While I still like J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos, the Tigers are having issues scoring runs. Just look at the last two series against the Tigers against the Red Sox and Rays. I’m not longer hesitant to use pitchers against them and will target them if the right match up is there.

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