The Detroit Tigers traded pitcher David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for three left-handed pitching prospects. The Dodgers had been heavily linked to Price in advance of the 1 p.m. Friday trade deadline.
Jairo Labourt, Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris are the three pitchers going to Detroit.
The Blue Jays already acquired star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies earlier in the week.
The Dodgers are in the process of acquiring two starting pitchers — the Miami Marlins’ Mat Latos and the Atlanta Braves’ Alex Wood — in a three-team trade that has yet to be announced. While there was some thought the Dodgers might use Latos or Wood in some combination of players to acquire Price, that ship has sailed.
Yasiel Puig’s mother, Maritza (right) threw the ceremonial first pitch to her son on Wednesday night. “I’m going to ask the Dodgers to see if they can have some more bobblehead nights and have my mom throw out the first pitch as much as possible,” he said through an interpreter. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Before the Dodgers beat the Oakland A’s 10-7 on Wednesday night, I asked J.P. Howell about a possible reunion with David Price, his teammate from 2008-12 in Tampa Bay. Howell would welcome a reunion, of course, but did not want to see the Dodgers’ clubhouse broken up. By the end of the night, it was entirely possible that the Dodgers could acquire Price without giving up a single player in the room. That, not the game, dominated the story I filed tonight.
As for the game, a lot happened.
Cole Hamels has been linked to the Dodgers in trade rumors for years. Wednesday night, it was reported by multiple outlets that Hamels will be traded to the Texas Rangers instead.
The Rangers are currently eight games out of a wild card spot in the American League. It’s theoretically possible that Hamels could still be flipped to the Dodgers (who are already in the process of making a flurry of trades), but this is not considered the expectation within the league.