Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Price Traded to Tigers; a's Get Lester, Gomes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Price Traded to Tigers; a's Get Lester, Gomes

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When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder.

The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday. The Rays received lefthander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson going to the Mariners.

The AL Central-leading Tigers are trying for their fourth consecutive division title, and their starting rotation already was a strength. General manager Dave Dombrowski decided to trade for Price (11-8, 3.11 ERA) anyway, giving Detroit a collection of stars on the mound that could be tough to match in any postseason series.

"The question that we asked ourselves is: What gives us the best chance of winning the world championship this year?" Dombrowski said. "We thought adding him to our rotation at this point would give us the best chance to do that."

Price joins Max Scherzer (Parkway Central) and Justin Verlander in the Detroit rotation, giving the Tigers the last three American League Cy Young winners.

The Tigers are the first team with three pitchers on the staff who have all won Cy Young Awards over the previous three seasons, according to STATS.

"Today it's great, it's nice, it's fine. I love to have David Price," Dombrowski said. "If we win, then I'll be very satisfied."

ATHLETICS GET LESTER, GOMES

The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the lefthander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline.

Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also received cash from Boston in another blockbuster deal by A's general manager Billy Beane. The Red Sox also get a draft pick in a deal confirmed by both teams.

Lester is having an outstanding season with a 10-7 record and career-best 2.52 ERA in 21 starts. He's allowed seven earned runs in his last eight games with 54 strikeouts and nine walks. But the Red Sox put him on the trading block because he can become a free agent after the season.

He was sought by many teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 30-year-old, three-time All-Star originally was scheduled to start Wednesday night for the slumping Red Sox, who instead scratched Lester ahead of the trade deadline.

While the Red Sox look toward next season, the A's are determined to take the next step after losing in each of the past two Octobers in five-game division series to the Detroit Tigers. Oakland was off Thursday before returning home to begin a weekend series with the Kansas City Royals tonight.

BREWERS PICK UP PARRA

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor leaguers. …

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