Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – The Detroit Tigers acquired 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade.
They sent center fielder Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners while dispatching left-hander Drew Smyly and class A shortstop Willy Adames to the Rays.
Price, 28, has a 3.18 ERA for his career, a 3.11 ERA for the season, and a league-leading 189 strikeouts over 170 2/3 innings. His 24.9 wins above replacement since 2010 ranks fifth among all Major League pitchers.
The Tigers now have last three American League Cy Young Award winners, along with reigning champion Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
The 27-year-old Jackson entered Thursday batting .270 with a .330 on-base percentage, .727 OPS, 25 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 32 RBIs and 52 runs scored.
Jackson became a defensive standout in center field while holding the leadoff spot for most of the past 4 1/2 seasons.
The 25-year-old Smyly, a southpaw, was expected to play a key role in Detroit’s postseason bullpen.
Adames, 18, broke out this year at class A West Michigan, batting .269 (95-for-353) with 14 doubles, 12 triples, six home runs and 50 RBIs.