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David Price Traded To The Tigers In Three-Team Deal

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price laughs with a teammate after taking batting practice before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

It went down to the wire, but the Tampa Bay Rays finally pulled the trigger and traded ace pitcher David Price to Detroit, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Price was dealt to the Tigers as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Seattle Mariners. Detroit will send outfielder Austin Jackson to Seattle, while shipping reliever Drew Smyly and shortstop prospect Willy Adames to Tampa Bay. Seattle will send infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted that Adames was considered Detroit's No. 1 prospect by rival executives.

Price, who has a 3.11 ERA and 1.049 WHIP so far this year and will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, will give Detroit the last three American League Cy Young award winners. Detroit's Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander won the award in 2013 and 2011, respectively, while Price won it in 2012.

The deal was made just hours after the Oakland Athletics, who lost to the Tigers in the 2013 ALDS, acquired star pitcher Jon Lester from Boston.

Shortly after the news started to spread, the Tigers took Austin Jackson out of their afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Tigers fans at Comerica Park sent Jackson off with a standing ovation.

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