UPDATE (7/30 10:47 a.m. PT): The Toronto Blue Jays made the trade official via Twitter:
The @BlueJays have acquired LHP David Price from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for LHP Daniel Norris, LHP Matt Boyd & LHP Jairo Labourt.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 30, 2015
While it wasn’t their No. 1 and No. 4 prospects, the Blue Jays did give up their No.1, No. 11 & No. 19 prospects for David Price. All three are left-handed pitchers and make the deal similar to the one that the Cincinnati Reds received for Johnny Cueto.
Heading into the trade deadline, there were two All-Star left-handers that were expected to join a new team.
One of those left-handers, Cole Hamels, is reportedly heading to the Texas Rangers after a deal was all but completed on Wednesday night. The other, David Price, was officially made available by his team, the Detroit Tigers, on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to be players for Price, and many speculated that their reported three-team trade was a precursor to a deal for the 29-year-old. Well, now it appears that Price could be heading elsewhere.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays could be the team that acquires Price:
Executive involved in bidding for Price believes #BlueJays may indeed be close to landing him. “Not going to go on much longer,” he said.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2015
Price is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 21 starts (146 IP) this season. He will be a free agent at the end of the season, meaning any time that acquires him could have him for just two months. The Blue Jays are currently seven games out of first place in the American League East, but just two games out of the second Wild Card spot. They recently acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies as well.