With the Detroit Tigers dropping below .500 after yesterday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles, it almost seems evident that it is time to start thinking about the future and trade David Price. While Price has been, by a long shot, the best pitcher on the staff and a top five pitcher in the league this year, the cost to resign him at seasons end would cripple the Tigers financially and continue their downward trend.
If this season has shown us anything, it is that the offense, even without Yoenis Cespedes, will be a force to reckon with next year. The pitching staff however sits in the bottom third of almost every statistical category. The re-signing of Price would only keep the pitching staff in the same position next year, where if they were to trade him to a contender, the Tigers would almost certainly receive 4 to 5 top end prospects. Prospects that can be used as trade bait in the off season to acquire better pitchers or possibly prospects that will be major league ready in the next couple of seasons. As we have seen this season, the Tigers do not have high quality pitchers in their minor league system and trading Price would solve this problem for both the Toledo Mud Hens and more importantly the Detroit Tigers.
I know how many people will feel if David Price is traded, but it is a necessity for the long term success of the Tigers. David Price alone cannot power this mediocre staff to over come a 10 game division deficit let alone a 4.5 game Wild Card deficit. If Dave Dombrowski makes this trade, it will be a time to sit back and examine what we received in return and how this trade will help us be competitive next year. There is still always the chance that David Price does return to the Tigers in free agency.