Friday, August 1, 2014

Non-Waiver Trade Deadline: D.Price, D.Smyly, & A.Jackson

Perhaps the biggest trade on Non-Waiver Deadline Day occurred with David Price going to the Tigers in a 3-way deal that sent Drew Smyly to the Rays and Austin Jackson to the Mariners.  At 108 games into the 2014 season, Price is leading the American League in Games Started (23), Innings Pitched (170.2), Batters Faced (689), and Strikeouts (189). 

Price is already a 4-time All-Star with a Cy Young award under his belt and just into his 7th major league season.  It doesn't hurt that he also has 4 years of post season experience with two World Series starts in 2008. 

Smyly is a young pitcher with only 280 innings over his past 3 seasons with the Tigers.

Smyly brings 2 years of postseason experience to the Rays.

Austin Jackson just might be what the Mariners need to take the 2nd Wild Card spot away in the American League.  He was the runner-up for the A.L. Rookie of the Year award in 2010 with the Tigers, and in just his 5th major league season, has already posted some impressive numbers.

Jackson comes to the ballpark to play, or should I say, work.  During his first four seasons, Jackson has averaged 576 AB's, and is on pace to exceed that.  Jackson is on pace for about 38 Doubles this year, which would give him a 5-year career average of over 30.  He's already led the league twice with double-digit Triples figures during the past four years, and scores an average of almost 100 Runs a season.   He has been used almost exclusively as a centerfielder with the Tigers, and currently maintains a .990 average career fielding pct.  Jackson has made the postseason during 3 of his 4 years in the majors. 

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