Detroit Tigers: Former Players Feature on Upcoming Schedule
Boston Red Sox: Catcher Bryan Holaday and Starting Pitchers David Price and Rick Porcello
With the recent addition of Bryan Holaday, Dave Dombrowski now has three former Tigers with him in Boston. The former Detroit general manger signed David Price in the offseason. He had already inherited Rick Porcello.
For Holaday, Price and Porcello, the results have been mixed this season.
The former Tigers catcher has played just three games with the Sox. In those three games, he’s collected a pair of hits and a RBI. In 33 games between Boston and Texas, the 28-year-old is hitting .239. He’s also added 15 runs scored, 14 RBI, six doubles, two home runs and a triple.
While Holaday’s numbers are respectable for a backup catcher, Price has struggled. In 163.2 innings, the former Tiger and Ray has allowed the most hits in the league with 173. Additionally, the 30-year-old’s 4.29 ERA and 1.9 WAR are hardly ace-like statistics.
Like Soria, Price is locked into a lengthy contract—which is equal parts hefty and lengthy (per Spotrac).
Rounding out the trio of former Tigers is Porcello.
The former first-round draft pick is having perhaps the best season of his career. Over 158 innings, the 27-year-old has racked up a staggering 16 wins in just 24 starts. What’s more, his 3.30 ERA is on track to be a career-low.
Despite the strong season, Detroit made the right move in dealing Porcello. The trade with Boston netted the Tigers Alex Wilson, Gabe Speier and Cespedes.
Wilson has been Detroit’s best reliever over the past two seasons, while Cespedes provided elite production before being dealt for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. Speier was sent to Atlanta in the Cameron Maybin deal. Additionally, Cessa was dealt to the Yankees in the Justin Wilson trade.