On the Detroit Tigers, David Price and Austin Jackson
A couple things:
- This makes sense, not only for this year, but next if Max Scherzer leaves as a free agent. Price is signed through next year and is one of the top handful of pitchers in the game. This could seal the deal.
- If Drew Smyly is in the trade, it still leaves a hole in the bullpen.
- The Tigers had to make a decision on whether to sign Jackson long-term sooner or later. They evidently made it sooner. He has been a solid, but inconsistent. He has not become the star his stellar 2012 season suggested he was becoming. A change of scenery might be good for Jackson, who is just entering his prime.
- Billy Beane forced Dave Dombrowki's hand on this by being so aggressive. But that, actually, could be a good thing for the Tigers.
My column. New coach, new season, same trust issues with Lions http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140730/new-season-new-coach-but-same-trust-issues-remain-for-the-detroit-lions-pat-caputo-says