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Tampa television station takes shot at Detroit after David Price trade to Tigers

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseThe flurry of activity on Thursday is what Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is all about.

Familiar names to baseball fans like Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes, John Lackey, Allen Craig, Austin Jackson, and Martin Prado were all swapped and will be suiting up for new teams shortly.

Perhaps the biggest name moved was David Price, who was sent to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade.

With Price leaving town, Tampa Bay television station FOX 13 decided to send farewell wishes to the former American League Cy Young Award winner. Unfortunately, the station did so by taking a shot at the city of Detroit via its Twitter account.

Not surprisingly, the tweet was deleted as responses poured in.

To defend Detroit, FOX 2 fired this response, mocking the Rays’ home attendance.

So much for all of the action on trade deadline day being between teams.

Austin Jackson pulled mid-inning after being traded (Video)

Austin Jackson was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of a three-team deal that brought David Price to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Considering this year’s trade deadline was one of the most hectic in recent history, it only makes sense that Jackson got the news in the middle of an inning.

During the seventh inning of Detroit’s matinee game against the Chicago White Sox, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski walked into the dugout to inform manager Brad Ausmus that Jackson had been traded. In a humbling reminder of the fact that professional baseball is a business, Jackson jogged off the field and said farewell to his teammates.

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How about the baseball IQ from the fans at Comerica Park? They immediately recognized what was going on and gave Jackson a standing ovation as he headed to the clubhouse. Some of the fans may have already found out on their smartphones that Detroit had a deal pending for David Price, but that was still an impressive display of awareness.

Video via Deadspin

David Price to Tigers, Austin Jackson to Mariners in three-team deal

David PriceDavid Price has been traded to the Detroit Tigers, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The move was part of a three-team deal that will send Seattle Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays and Austin Jackson to Seattle. The Rays also get 25-year-old starting pitcher Drew Smyly from Detroit.

And with that, Thursday’s trade deadline was anything but uneventful.

Two of the best lefthanded pitchers in the game found new homes before the 4 p.m. deadline passed. Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were traded to the Oakland A’s earlier in the day in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes. The Red Sox also dealt John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig.

[Related: David Price thought trade deadline had already passed]

What makes this deadline — which has been one of the most exciting in recent history — so interesting is the amount of big names that have exchanged. Typically when we see top-tier starting pitching like Lester and Price traded, a boatload of prospects are involved. For whatever reason, Thursday’s deadline was more about star power than prospects. We have no complaints about that.

Starting pitching wins in the postseason. The A’s and Tigers are two of the best teams in the American League, and both have drastically improved their starting rotations. The Mariners also picked up some much-needed offense by adding Jackson. Almost all of the teams involved in Thursday’s blockbuster deals did well for themselves on some level, at least on paper.

Jon Lester favorites tweets about him returning to Red Sox in 2015

Jon LesterJon Lester was traded to the Oakland A’s on Thursday after spending the first eight-plus years of his MLB career with the Boston Red Sox. Is the 30-year-old lefty moving on for good, or are the A’s just borrowing him for a few months?

There are plenty of people who believe the Red Sox traded Lester with the intention of signing him on the open market this offseason. Boston is out of contention in 2014. If they bring Lester back this winter, they essentially swapped Jonny Gomes for Cespedes straight up. Not that it means anything, but here are two of the tweets Lester favorite in the hours after he was traded.

Lester probably just appreciates the kind words, but you never know. What we do know is that the A’s don’t have the money to sign Lester to the extension he is seeking. That means he is all but certain to hit the open market, and the Red Sox have plenty of cash if they want him back. Boston has been hesitant to pay that kind of money for pitching, but they could make an exception if this was the plan all along.

H/T LBS friend John F

Fake Ken Rosenthal Twitter account fools MLB Network

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MLB Network was fooled by a fake Ken Rosenthal tweet on Thursday. This is hilarious because Ken Rosenthal works for MLB Network.

There are plenty of “quality” fake Twitter accounts out there. We have fallen for phony tweets on more than one occasion and probably will again at some point. But hopefully LB would never fall for a fake Del tweet and vice versa — not that people like us enough to impersonate us.

Anyway, MLB Network on Thursday briefly gave life to a fake rumor about the Tigers and Rays finalizing a deal involving David Price and Ben Zobrist. The real Rosenthal quickly pointed out that the report came from a fake account and then had some fun with his co-workers when he went on the air.


As of now, Price remains with the Rays. Don’t let Ken_Rosenthal_ tell you any differently.

H/T Deadspin
Photo via @PFJakeMurdock

John Lackey traded to Cardinals for Allen Craig, Joe Kelly

John-Lackey-beer-drinking-reports-retardedJust nine months removed from winning a world championship, the Boston Red Sox are now selling off all of the assets that got them there. Shortly after Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were sent to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, the Red Sox traded John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals.

According to Peter Gammons, the Cardinals are sending 26-year-old starting pitcher Joe Kelly and 30-year-old outfielder Allen Craig to Boston.

On the surface, it looks like the Red Sox are having a fire sale. They have now traded Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Lester and Lackey — all important pieces in Boston’s improbable World Series run. But in reality the Red Sox are simply changing their approach in hopes of contending again next season.

We all know what Cespedes is capable of. While he is 28 and merely a .250 hitter with pop at this point, he could be the righthanded power hitter that the Red Sox desperately need in the middle of their lineup. His numbers could also skyrocket if he uses the Green Monster to his advantage. Cespedes is also an above-average fielder with a tremendous arm.

Craig became a full-time player for St. Louis in 2012 and hit .307 with 22 homers and 92 RBI that season. He followed it up with a .315/13/97 line in 2013 and is on pace for around 90 RBI again this season, despite a low average of .237. In Kelly, the Red Sox are getting a young starter who went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA in 15 starts last season. Kelly is struggling a bit this year, but he has obvious potential.

If the Red Sox were looking to rebuild to contend again five years from now, they would have demanded top prospects for Lester and Lackey. Instead, they have acquired proven MLB players who could help round out their roster in 2015. On the flip side, the A’s and Cardinals have added important pieces that could help in the postseason this year. I don’t think anyone got hosed in either deal.

David Price thought trade deadline passed (Video)

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseDavid Price is the most popular name on the trade market now that the Boston Red Sox have traded Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s for Yoenis Cespedes. Just don’t tell him that, because the 28-year-old lefty is under the impression that the non-waiver trade deadline has already passed.

Price looked puzzled on Wednesday when a reporter asked him if he has something fun planned for Thursday to take his mind off the trade rumors leading up to the 4 p.m. deadline.

“No, I didn’t,” Price said. “I thought it ended today at 4:00, so…”

Another reporter pointed out that the deadline isn’t until Thursday afternoon, which was apparently news to Price.

“Oh, is it? Alright, that’s fine,” he said. “Um, no, I’m playing golf. I put my phone in my bag when I play, so I won’t even know, honestly.”

Either Price did a phenomenal job of trolling reporters or there may be something to that recent story we saw that implied he is a pothead. I’m not surprised Price tunes out trade rumors, as he has been involved in so many over the past two seasons that have amounted to nothing. Still, you don’t really have to pay close attention to know when the deadline passes.

And then there was this:

I think Price is just trying to have fun with everyone. It’s working.

Video via Cork Gaines