St. Petersburg, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Tampa Bay Rays have expressed excitement over the three players they received from the three-team trade involving their ace pitcher David Price.
The Rays shipped Price to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for starting pitcher Drew Smyly and prospect Willy Adames.
Tampa Bay also acquired second baseman Nick Franklin from the Seattle Mariners, who got Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson.
According to Andrew Friedman, the Rays’ executive vice president of baseball operations, the moves will play a part in the team’s future while tending to the present.
“Obviously, all three guys were really important to us in the transaction, and we were excited to acquire all three,” Friedman said.
The 25-year-old Smyly is 16-12 with a 3.46 ERA in parts of three seasons with the Tigers. He has made 106 Major League appearances, of which 35 have been starts.
He will join the Major League club and move into the starting rotation, making his first start Tuesday at Oakland.
“Tampa is excited to have me, so I’m excited to be there,” said Smyly, who began the season as the Tigers’ No. 5 starter.
“We’ll spot him into our rotation immediately. He’s a guy that we feel like has excellent command, good secondary stuff, and we still feel like there’s upside remaining with him,” said Friedman.
The 23-year-old Franklin made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 27, 2013. Three days later, he hit his first two career home runs. In 119 games with the Mariners, Franklin has hit .214 with 12 homers and 47 RBIs.
Robinson Cano’s arrival changed Franklin’s future with the Mariners. Franklin had a solid season in 2013, but he saw limited action this season. However, he has continued to pepper Minor League pitching.
In parts of six Minor League seasons, Franklin has hit .288 with 55 home runs and 219 RBIs in 469 games. He will report to Triple-A Durham
The 18-year-old Adames hails from the Dominican Republic and had never played in the United States until this season.
He made the jump from the Tigers’ Dominican Summer League affiliate to the Class A Midwest League, where he has started at shortstop and performed well on offense and defense.
Currently ranking by MLB.com as the Rays’ No. 2 prospect, Adames was hitting .269 with six home runs and 50 RBIs for West Michigan. He will remain in the Midwest League but will move over to the Rays’ affiliate, Bowling Green.