Rays trade David Price to Tigers

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price opens the game against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price opens the game against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB American League Baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts, July 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Dominick Reuter)

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In a three-team blockbuster deal just before the trade deadline, the Detroit Tigers acquired ace David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

Detroit sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle while Tampa Bay received left-hander Drew Smyly from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners, ESPN.com reported.

Price acknowledged the deal Thursday on his official Twitter account, sending thanks to Tampa fans:

"wow...what a day!! Rays fans THANK YOU!! Great Chapter of my life just ended...ready to start a new one with the Tigers!! Thanks again"

Price, the American League Cy Young award winner in 2012, will join a Tigers rotation that includes Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez.

Price is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA this year. Price is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

The Rays also received infield prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers, according to reports.

Jackson was removed from the Tigers game against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning Thursday. Smyly started the game but lasted just five innings, allowing four runs and 11 hits.


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