The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly are targeting Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price before the MLB trade deadline at the end of the month. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports confirmed the possibility of the trade on Twitter.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 23, 2015
Price and Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes have been part of trade rumors because they both enter free agency after the 2015 season. With trade interest high for both, Detroit is expected to explore any deal rather than lose them for nothing when they become free agents.
"At this point, our focus is trying to win right now," Detroit’s general manager, Dave Dombrowski, stated in a USA Today Sports article. "We're trying to do everything we can to qualify for the playoffs. Things can turn dramatically over a 10-game period. But you have to play well, at some point, on a consistent basis. We're at a point where we have to do what's best in our heart for the franchise.”
Price is a five-time All-Star (2010 to 2012, 2014 and 2015) and was the American League Cy Young Award winner and American League wins leader in 2012. The 29-year-old left-hander has started 19 games this season and is 9-3 with a 2.32 ERA and 127 strikeouts.
The Dodgers are in first place in the National League West, with a record of 55-42. The Tigers are in third in the American League Central, at 47-48 record.