New York Yankees News: David Price Traded To Toronto Blue Jays, What’s Next For The Yankees?


The Toronto Blue Jays continue to own the trade deadline, as they have reportedly acquired Detroit Tigers’ ace David Price. The trade was first reported by CBS’s Jon Heyman. The Blue Jays will send pitching prospects Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd to Detroit.

The Blue Jays are expected to cover the entirety of Price’s remaining contract for the 2015 season.

Price was a recently added to the trade market as the Tigers have notified teams that they were willing to trade the 2012 Cy Young winner. While the Tigers sit in fourth in the American League Central – 12.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals and 3.5 games back of the second wild card spot – it seemed that the Tigers were set to rebuild, or at least receive something worthy in return. In addition, Price is set to be a free agent following the 2015 season.

In the 2015 season, Price owns a 2.53 ERA with a 1.110 WHIP in 146.0 innings.

This is the second major acquisition the Blue Jays have made prior to the trade deadline, the first being Troy Tulowitzki. Now sitting 7.0 games behind the New York Yankees, the Blue Jays have installed themselves back into playoff conversation, especially being that they are just 2.0 games out of the second wild card spot.

Although Price remains a tremendous talent, he has not had as much success as one would assume against the Yankees. Price is 10-7 with a 4.40 ERA against the Yankees; Price also surrendered Derek Jeter‘s 3,000 hit at Yankee Stadium.

Prior to the current Price deal, the Yankees have been reportedly engaged in an ‘all-out bidding war’ for Price. Presumably, the Tigers were looking for a top pitching prospect, something Luis Severino could fit, but general manager Brian Cashman and the Yankees have been firm on their intent to not move their top four prospects.

Is it possible that the Blue Jays still have the opportunity to win the American League East? You can never say never, especially with two major acquisitions. If anyone is a threat to the Yankees in the division it would be the Blue Jays.

As the Yankees have been linked to top named pitchers such as Price and, now, Texas Rangers’ Cole Hamels, they have yet to make a move. Cashman has notified fans and reporters that he would not expect the Yankees to make a move at the trade deadline.

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Many are asking for the Yankees to set out for a top tier player, as the Blue Jays have done, but do the Yankees have any dire necessities? The main focal point that would be to focus on is starting pitching, as the depth of the starting rotation remains weary.

In addition, it has been reported that the Yankees were in the market for relief pitchers, but there is no extensive necessity for the move due to the strength of their given bullpen. Earlier in the week, the Yankees were reporteded to have declined a trade that would have sent San Diego Padres’ Craig Kimbrel to the Yankees for No. 3 prospect Jorge Mateo. The addition of Kimbrel would bolster the Yankees’ bullpen to impeccable, but the Yankees viewed the move as unnecessary at the cost of Mateo.

If the Yankees were to make a move prior to the trade deadline it would have to be by tomorrow, July 31, at 4 P.M. ET. Yankees fans are on the edge of their seats as they witness their division rivals acquire top tier talent.

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