Blue Jays Get Ace Pitcher Price

July 30, 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired ace pitcher David Price in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers gain three young pitchers in the deal. With the Blue Jays six games behind the AL East leading New York Yankees, Price might make a huge difference for the team in the weeks to come. The three pitching prospects acquired by Detroit are Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, and Jairo Labourt.

Price, who becomes a free agent at the end of this season, has been having another good year. In 21 games, he has a 2.53 ERA with 9 wins to 4 losses. He's given up 133 hits, 41 earned runs, and 13 home runs, while striking out 138 batters and walking just 29.

Price had one of his best seasons in 2012 when he led the American League in ERA with 2.56 and he won the AL Cy Young award. Last year, he led all of major league baseball in strikeouts with 271 (to 38 walks).

Daniel Norris, at age 22, has already had major league experience, having pitched in 5 games with the Blue Jays last year and five games so far this season. He pitched in the minors starting in 2012 and he has a 4.08 ERA in 79 games.

Matt Boyd, at age 24, is the oldest of the pitchers acquired by Detroit. He was drafted by Toronto in 2013 and he's been playing in the minors since then. He pitched 6.2 innings in 2 games with the Blue Jays this season and he was far from impressive, earning a 14.85 ERA in those few innings.

Jairo Labourt is the youngest of the prospects but he has the most experience in pro-baseball. He has been playing in Toronto's minor league system since 2011. In 75 games, he has a 3.12 ERA.

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Sources for Information
Baseball Reference