This morning, the A’s got even better by trading Yoenis Cespedes, a fan favorite, for Jonny Gomes and Jon Lester. Their rotation now includes Lester, Samardzija, Kazmir, Gray, and Chavez. All of them having fascinating years. They became the best team in baseball by far this morning. Then, 6 minutes before the deadline at 4 o’clock, news broke out that David Price had been acquired by the Tigers, and Austin Jackson had to leave in the middle of an inning because he was traded to Seattle. The trade details are all below as well as Tigers 18 year old inf prospect Willy Adames sent to TB. Now, the Tigers have a rotation with talent very comparable to Oakland. Price has been outstanding in the last 2 months. This recent success mainly due to his xFIP (expected fielding independent pitching) stat, an advanced stat that measures How a pitcher will do in terms of skill only, not the fielding or ballpark behind him. Considering Price now inherits a better defense and a huge ballpark, his tenure with the Tigers should be outstanding. It cost the Tigers Drew Smyly, a pitcher who the Tigers loved but he was taking on a large workload this year, and most likely would’ve had to have his innings limited, lest he get seriously injured. Doing so would’ve been a huge inconvenience and even so, Price was a huge upgrade. Austin Jackson was traded to Seattle, as well. Jackson was beginning to either get it together or flash in the pan, but either way, He still has been garbage in the playoffs, which is a problem for a serious world series bound team. The Tigers also gave up Willy Adames, an 18 year old prospect. He was in competition with another very young shortstop prospect. Overall, the Tigers got a steal. Price will replace Scherzer when he leaves. The Tigers and the Athletics are gonna have one interesting ALCS. Before this trade, it was uncertain that the Tigers would do well in the playoffs. Now, they show that they can. Trades can still happen now but they have to pass thru waivers, so backups and bullpen pitchers are the only ones traded during this period, so this doesn’t count out the possibility of acquiring Antonio Bastardo In August. In other moves, Ian Krol will be sent to triple-A in an effort to get him back on track. Pat McCoy will be reinstated from the DL to take his place in the bullpen. That leaves one more roster spot that will be taken by the call-up of Ezekiel Carerra, who’s batted over .300 the entire year in Toledo. The benefits of Carerra include great defense, many stolen bases, and a Left handed bat that’s been very consistently great in triple-A. He will share reps with Rajai Davis in center field.
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