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Thursday, July 30, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE FALLOUT: DAVID PRICE BACK IN THE ROUGH AL EAST

After striking out with Scott Kazmir, Johnny Cueto, and most recently Cole Hamels despite having a crying need for a starting pitcher, the Toronto Blue Jays couldn't be blamed if they felt some desperation slipping in.  That feeling was not allowed to marinate too long however as the Blue Jays stepped up and delivered their second blockbuster trade in three days when they completed a deal with the Detroit Tigers for ace SP David Price.  The entire deal has the Blue Jays dealing LHP's Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd to the Tigers for Price, who instantly becomes the ace of the shaky Blue Jays.  Price also finds himself back in the American League East after spending 7 years with the Tampa Bay Rays during which he quickly developed into a top tier fantasy baseball power pitching ace.  So with the deal still freshly agreed upon, let's dig in on the particulars for those involved:

David Price:  Obviously if you are an owner of David Price, about the last place you wanted to see him go to would be Toronto and in the American League East which has had a major offensive revival in 2015 after an off 2014.  While Price succeeded tremendously while with the Rays in the division, Tampa Bay had a firm pitcher's park that helped offset some of the AL East offensive fireworks.  Price now goes to the number one offensive park in all of the major leagues and the one that generates the most home runs.  This is somewhat troubling for Price as his one major weakness in the home runs ball (remember he gave up a certain monumental home run to a certain New York Yankees shortstop) and to this point he has given up 13 lognballs on the season.  Price was actually pretty horrific in that stat a year ago as he gave up a career-high 25 home runs despite having spacious Comerica Park as his home base in Detroit.  This is a decent-sized concern whenever Price starts at Rogers Center but again this is a fantasy baseball ace who has rung up 200-plus strikeouts three times in his career, including a monstrous 271 a year ago.  As far as 2015 is concerned, Price heads to Toronto in the midst of another stellar season with a 2.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while striking out 138 batters in 146 frames.  Price has admittedly made it a point to avoid pitching as much in the strike zone as he did a year ago, which was the main reason both for the 271 strikeout total and the high for him mid-3.00 ERA.  A free agent at the end of the season, we all would love to see what Price could do if he finally finds his way into the National League but that is a discussion for another day.  For now, Price still is a fantasy baseball ace despite moving to such an offensive juggernaut in Toronto.  Just watch those home runs.

Daniel Norris:  Norris is a highly regarded pitching prospect who will love moving from Rogers Center to Comerica Park.  Having made only five starts this season, Norris has been decent with a 3.86 ERA but with a very high 1.50 WHIP.  Norris has a good fastball that can generate strikeouts and he was a second round pick in 2011 due to his solid potential.  He is a story for 2016 however, as are the other two pitchers the Tigers received in the deal. 

There you have it.  Post your thoughts below. 

 

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