In the weeks leading up to Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the market was perceived as one that would favor teams selling — particularly those with a premier starting pitcher to deal. However, as more teams fell out of postseason contention, additional players were made available and buyers reaped early benefits; see the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals.
After it appeared the Philadelphia Phillies held one of the final aces in their back pocket, the Detroit Tigers, one of the final holdouts, are open to listening to trade offers for Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and others, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark:
Exactly a year after both were dealt on trade deadline day, David Price and Yoenis Cespedes are back on the market. Confirming an ESPN.com report, general manager Dave Dombrowski said he told multiple teams Wednesday afternoon that the Detroit Tigers will listen on all their potential free agents — Price, Cespedes, closer Joakim Soria and others — between now and Friday’s trade deadline.
With Price now formally on the market, it figures to have an adverse affect on offers the Phillies may have envisioned they’d receive for Cole Hamels. Multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were said to have interest in Hamels also covet Price.
In the Dodgers’ case, it was previously reported Price is their top target, despite him being in the final year of his deal. Holders of one of the better players now available, Detroit figures to possess some leverage in negotiations and are believed to covet a pitching prospect capable of contributing in the Majors next season as part of a package for price.
The timing of the Tigers’ decision to enter the market as sellers and not buyers is interesting when considering their win Wednesday afternoon. After being no-hit by Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer through six innings, the Tigers rallied for a 2-1 win behind a strong pitching performance from Justin Verlander.
Detroit had previously fallen to season-worst four games under .500 heading into play Wednesday. Along with the Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are expected to be among the teams who pursue Price.