The Toronto Blue Jays have enhanced their lineup by acquiring David Price from the Tigers. The Jays should give themselves a pat on the back because convincing Price to join them was not a walk in the park. Price had many suiters and it was therefore easy for him to turn down the offer from Jays.
Prior to acquiring Price, the Jays were desperately looking for a reliable starter. The pitcher became popular after winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2012. The Tigers were compensated for Price’s loss by acquiring left hander Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.
The Jays started their transfer window on Tuesday by taking in Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from Rockies.
Price will really boost the starting lineup of the Blues. He will be playing alongside R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Marco Estrada and Drew Hutchison. General manager Alex Anthopoulos stated that it’s been long since the Jays had a player like Price.
According to the manager, the last time the team had such a reliable player was during the tenure of Roy Halladay. The manager argued that victory was back then part of the Jays culture.
“We really haven’t had a true No. 1 since Roy Halladay was here,” Anthopoulos said during a news conference on Thursday afternoon. “You kind of forget what it was like, the innings, the expectations of winning day in and day out.
“I remember when J.P. Ricciardi was here, every time Halladay would pitch, he’d say ‘Man, we’re so good, we’re a great team when Roy Halladay is on the mound.’ No matter what the club was like, you just felt like you were a great club and I think getting guys like Price, that type of impact, those No. 1 starters can make you a great team all by themselves.”
The Jays are best known for having the best offense approach in the league. On the other hand, the team has been lagging behind due to inconsistency in the mound. As a matter of fact, the Jays have been revolving around 51-51.
Their 4.34 ERA puts them in the twenty third position in the major league. Besides that, they are number 24 based on batting opportunities with .270 against their rivals.
The Jays want to retain Price for at least three years. This is because they know it’s difficult to come across valuable players like him in the free agency market.
“We have a very good team and we have enough time,” Anthopoulos said of a team that was two games back of the second Wild Card at the time of the trade. “I would love to control David Price with three years of control. He didn’t get traded from Tampa with three years of control and last summer we didn’t seem to line up with them.
“These types of players, the great superstar players, rarely become available. We had an opportunity to do it, it’s more of a reflection on the belief of the guys that we have right now on the roster. We think we’re a good team and adding a guy like Price, we think makes us that much stronger and give us a chance to win.”