See what others are saying about the Tigers' trade for David Price on Thursday. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)
A look at what people around the country are saying in the wake of Thursday’s blockbuster, three-team trade that brought ace David Price to the Tigers in exchange for Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly and prospect Willy Adames:
“wow...what a day!! Rays fans THANK YOU!! Great Chapter of my life just ended...ready to start a new one with the Tigers!! Thanks again”
— New Tigers pitcher David Price, via Twitter
"It's tough to put into words,'' he said. "There's absolute sadness. This is where I've been the last seven years.''
Price said he did not expect the Tigers to be a potential destination — "It happened fast and unexpectedly' — but he was confident he could adjust to "a new chapter" in his life. "I'm still playing baseball ... which is what I know and what I love,'' he said.
The Tigers come to the Trop Aug. 19-21, and Price could end up pitching against his old mates. "That'd be crazy,'' he said. "That'd be cool.''
— Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
“With Price, the Tigers now have a rotation with three Cy Young winners, plus they were last year’s American League Central champs. Heck, Justin Verlander is clearly the fifth-best starter on the Tigers at the moment. Yes, Detroit is on the hook for whatever Price will earn in arbitration for next year — $19-20 million or so — but I don’t think Tigers owner Mike Ilitch cares too much about that. They get an ace starter for Austin Jackson (free agent after 2015), midrotation lefty Drew Smyly (3.77 ERA) and a minor league shortstop. I’ll take that deal.”
— David Schoenfield, ESPN.com
“Great pitcher, even better teammate. #Rays thank you, @DAVIDprice14.”
— Tampa Bay Rays, via Twitter
“Tigers, meanwhile, now have the last three AL Cy Young Award winners on their roster in Justin Verlander (2011), Price (2012) and Max Scherzer (2013). Scherzer is due to become a free agent after the season and he has already rejected a $140+ million extension offer. Price gives the team some rotation protection should he sign elsewhere after the season.”
— Mike Axisa, CBSsports.com
“I’m floored that this is all the Rays got for David Price — as are some of the execs I’ve talked to so far — and I can’t imagine that the return this winter would have been any worse. The three-way trade that sends Price to Detroit, Nick Franklin, Drew Smyly and Tigers prospect Willy Adames to Tampa, and Austin Jackson to Seattle, nets out as an outstanding move for the Tigers and a solid exchange for the Mariners. But for Tampa Bay, it may end up as a huge missed opportunity to restock their system.”
— Keith Law, ESPN.com
“Someday, when David Price is winding up a superb baseball career somewhere else, we will reflect fondly on the part of the journey he spent here.
But for now?
For now, it just stinks.
David Price is gone, and somehow, it feels as if the heartbeat of a franchise is gone, too. The book on the best pitcher the Rays have ever had, and perhaps the best player, is closed.
— Gary Shelton, Tampa Bay Times
“I know it's the business but it's never easy saying goodbye to friends. Best of luck to @SmylyD and Austin!”
— Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, via Twitter
“I don't want to be Debbie downer but David Price is 1-4 in the post season with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.313 WHIP”
— Terry Foster, Detroit News, via Twitter
“I AM SICK over losing @DAVIDprice14 — 5 games out of playoffs — Wow wonder what @RaysJoeMaddon feels ... ”
— Dick Vitale, college basketball broadcaster and Rays season ticket holder, via Twitter
“James Shields said he was shocked to see David Price traded into the division. He was not exactly thrilled about this development.”
— Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star, via Twitter
“All I can say is...Thank you @DAVIDprice14 for all the wins and memories. Your character is unmatched ... Welcome new Rays @SmylyD, @Frazoo6 and Willy Adames. Looking forward to meeting and competing alongside these guys!”
— Evan Longoria, Rays third baseman, via Twitter