Jul 30, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) reacts at the end of the sixth inning after giving up a run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Leyland pushed for Detroit Tigers to acquire David Price

The Detroit Tigers landed one of the best trades of the deadline period as they landed a Cy Young winner that now puts three of the last three on the Tigers staff at the moment.

David Price now heading to Detroit makes the Tigers the favorites to collide with the Oakland A’s in what would have to be one of the more exciting postseason series to imagine happening. But while Price was acquired, there are some pieces behind the scene that deserve some thanking.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, one of the biggest reasons that the Tigers were able to end up acquiring David Price was thanks to former manager Jim Leyland who made a push to the front office that they needed make a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Leyland wasn’t solely responsible for the acquisition of Price but Rosenthal points out that he was a strong voice in the room to make sure that the former Cy Young winner found his way to the Tigers rotation. Now that he’s there, Detroit has an absolute stellar pitching staff and will be a team to beat as the postseason nears and takes off this October.

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