The Detroit Tigers brass finally caved. The fire sale began on Thursday as the Tigers are officially giving up on the 2015 season.
Detroit traded ace pitcher David Price and closer Joakim Soria in two separate trades for four prospects. So it’s time for fans to meet the new Tigers. The Detroit Free Press has a full breakdown of all four prospects.
Not only will the Tigers look different in terms of their lineup and pitching staff next season, the personality of the club is also about to change. The Detroit News reports that one of those new prospects, starting pitcher Daniel Norris, is one of the most free spirited people you will ever meet.
But despite all the deadline moves on Thursday and probably more coming on Friday, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler still believes the team can win this season. So far, so good; the Tigers are 1-0 since the trades.
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"On the haul the Tigers received for Price: “I thought it was fair for both sides, I really did. It’s a rental. They got one elite prospect. He’s got some question marks, but I would categorize Norris as still high-end, still in my top 20. And two other pieces who will probably pitch in the big leagues for them at some point. That seems like a reasonable return."
"Fitting, then, the newest Tigers player looks and acts a lot different than most pro athletes.By trading David Price to the Blue Jays early Thursday, the Tigers acquired three pitching prospects, none more highly regarded than Daniel Norris, who’s just as much of a free spirit as he is a possible ace-in-training.That was the first of several moves expected from the sell-mode Tigers before today’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, as they look ahead to next season and beyond after coming to the realization the playoffs weren’t in the cards this year."
"“Hopefully we can put together some good baseball in the last two months and shock some people.”It would be a shock if the Tigers made the playoffs now. They have one of the worst rotations in the majors and traded away ace David Price on Thursday. Their bullpen has issues and will likely have more after the Tigers traded Joakim Soria later in the day.The Tigers are likely to trade Yoenis Cespedes and will likely to their best to move Rajai Davis, Alex Avila and Alfredo Simon — all potential free agents — before the deadline at 4 p.m Friday."