Last offseason, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that David Price would be traded. The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in heavy trade talks and a deal seemed very real. But the Rays seemingly wanted too much and the Dodgers decided to walk away.
That lead to David Price opening the season with the Rays and it was expected he’d remain in Florida for the foreseeable future. Of course, nobody expected the Rays to struggle out of the gate and just like that, David Price was on the chopping block again. It stayed that way until just days before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline when Tampa seemingly reversed course, suggesting he was only available for an exceedingly high price thanks to their recent winning ways. Of course, that didn’t last long as the Rays decided to move David Price and the Detroit Tigers were the lucky bidders who secured the services of the former Cy Young award winner.
Set to make his first appearance in Motown, Price hinted that driving to the stadium was like the first day of high school.
As things currently stand, David Price won’t be making his Detroit Tigers debut in front of a rocking Motown crowd as the rotation lines up for him to start against the New York Yankees on Monday evening in the Bronx.
That could change if Brad Ausmus and the Tigers want to get Price pitching for the home crowd, but he may be best served opening on the road given his emotions will be at an elevated state.