David Price deal gives Tigers last 3 AL Cy Young winners

David Price deal gives Tigers last 3 AL Cy Young winners
July 31, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Justin Verlander, David Price, Max Scherzer. Those are the last three American League Cy Young winners.

They're also now teammates.

Detroit pulled off the trade deadline's biggest deal, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a three-team trade that also sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle and lefty Drew Smyly to the Rays. On the same day Oakland acquired Jon Lester from Boston -- giving the A's a starting rotation of Lester, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija, Sonny Gray and Jason Hammel -- Detroit one-upped the AL West leaders by trading for the biggest player on the market.

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The 28-year-old Price is enjoying another fine season, heading to Detroit with a 3.11 ERA and 2.93 FIP over 23 starts with the Rays. Scherzer has been excellent as well with a 3.27 ERA and 2.99 FIP. The same, though, can't be said for Verlander.

The 2011 AL Cy Young winner has seen his average fastball velocity drop two and a half miles per hour between 2011 and this season. His walks are up, his strikeouts are down, and his 4.79 ERA shows no sign of dropping back to an elite level. In fact, if the playoffs began today, Detroit may be better served going with Rick Porcello (3.24 ERA, 3.78 FIP) instead of Verlander alongside Scherzer and Price.

Still, having the last three AL Cy Young winners in the same rotation? That's nuts.