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Left-handed ace David Price has been traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Toronto Blue Jays so how does this affect the Boston Red Sox and the rest of the American League East?
Let’s break it down into three parts. Let’s look at how the Price blockbuster deal affects the AL East picture the rest of this season as well as longterm and this coming offseason.
The fallout this season on the AL East
The Toronto Blue Jays sit in third place with a .500 winning percentage (51-51) entering play Thursday. They are seven games behind the first-place Yankees and one game behind second-place Baltimore.
The Yankees and Blue Jays play 13 more games against each other. The Blue Jays and Orioles play seven more times against each other.
Price — who obviously has experience in the AL East having started 170 games for Tampa Bay — should be able to help Toronto pick up some ground in the AL East standings.
New York starting pitcher Michael Pineda was scratched from tonight’s start and it appears he could be out for a while:
word is pineda has a grade 1 forearm strain, about like miller had. up to month. nova seems to be ok.#yankees
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2015
Maybe the Pineda injury and the Price trade helps shift momentum in Toronto’s favor over the final two months, although picking up seven games in the standings is a difficult task.
Of course if Toronto can’t catch New York there’s always the Wild Card. The Blue Jays are two games out of the second Wild Card spot.
Trading away three pitching prospects to possibly gain a one-game Wild Card playoff berth is very risky.
If the Blue Jays earn a spot in the one game Wild Game playoff, it’s not guaranteed Price will pitch anyway. He might have to pitch an important game in the final few days of the season to ensure Toronto locks up a postseason berth.
Even if he does pitch, he could dominate and still lose. Anything can happen in a one-game playoff. We’ve seen it before.
The longterm fallout on the AL East
Again, the Blue Jays took a big risk. They traded for a rental and in the process gave up up three prospects — lefthanders Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd — who AL East opponents …Read More