Milwaukee Brewers Targeted David Price At Deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers did not make many moves at the non-waiver deadline on July 31st, besides the acquisition of outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Even though the Brewers are in contention to clinch a playoff berth, as they are a game behind the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals, they could have possibly added a starting pitcher that would have given them an edge in the playoff race.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Brewers targeted former Tampa Bay Rays left-handed pitcher David Price. Because the Brewers were unable to ship top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson to Tampa Bay, a deal never could formulate. In ten starts this season, Nelson is 2-6 with a 4.14 ERA over 58 and 2/3 innings pitched.

As a result, the Rays ended up trading Price to the, then AL Central leading, Detroit Tigers. Price has performed decently, so far, for the Tigers, sporting a 2-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over six starts, while averaging 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Despite the fact that David Price is under team control next season, the Rays acquired infielder Nick Franklin from the Seattle Mariners and pitcher Drew Smyly and infielder Willy Adames from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for David Price, as Austin Jackson went from Detroit to Seattle, as well, in the trade.

Price is 12-10 with a 3.32 ERA (116 ERA+), 2.91 FIP, and 1.057 WHIP in 28 starts this season.