Blue Jays fans tries on the jersey of newly acquired
pitcher David Price before the Blue Jays play the
Kansas City Royals during a baseball game, Thursday,
July 30, 2015 in Toronto.
With mere hours until the trade deadline, the Houston Astros
and Toronto Blue Jays have sent a clear message that they're
going for it — making big moves to try and propel their
teams into the playoffs for the first time in a long time.
haven't reached the postseason since being swept by the
White Sox in the 2005 World Series. Toronto's playoff
drought is the longest in the majors, with its last trip
coming in 1993, when Joe Carter's home run won the World
Jays acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from Detroit
on Thursday, a couple days after getting shortstop Troy
Tulowitzki from Colorado.
types of players, the great superstar players, rarely become
available," Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos
said. "We think we're a good team and adding a guy like
Price we think makes us that much stronger and will give us
a chance to win. It's as simple as that."
made their own moves before the deadline for making
non-waiver trades at 4 p.m. EDT Friday.
top left-handed starter Scott Kazmir from Oakland last week
and picked up two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez and
right-hander Mike Fiers from the Brewers on Thursday night.
was a move with an eye toward this year, next year and the
year after that, more so than five or seven years from
now," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
"That's what our fans want. They want us to win."
Brewers left fielder Khris Davis, left, center fielder
Carlos Gomez (27) and left fielder Gerardo Parra
celebrate after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2
in a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 28,
trades, the Los Angeles Dodgers, which haven't won it all
since 1988, the year of Kirk Gibson's pinch homer off Dennis
Eckersley, increased their already hefty payroll to $297
million with a three-team deal. It brought them starters Mat
Latos from the Marlins and Alex Wood from the Braves as well
as relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from Atlanta.
Jays are six games back in the American League East and two
games out of the second Wild Card.
adding these two," Toronto manager John Gibbons said,
"it gives me a shot in the arm. I know that."
they get a proven veteran and high-level starter to bolster
a team with a powerful offense. The first overall pick in
2007 is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 21 starts this season.
got a good thing going on right now in Toronto," Price
said. "They've kind of been in this situation before
and didn't make these type of moves. It definitely shows you
that they want to win right now. You have to respect that.
You have to like it and that's what you want to be a part
ahead-of-schedule Astros wrapped up a three-game sweep of
the Angels on Thursday night to take a two-game lead in the
AL West. The young and energetic team has finally coaxed
fans back to the park after several miserable years of
losing, including dropping 100-plus games in three straight
seasons from 2011-13.
Tigers starting pitcher David Price reacts after Tampa
Bay Rays' Curt Casali hit a solo home run, his second
of the game, during the sixth inning of a baseball
game Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
is a lot of excitement when you add two players of that
caliber for this home stretch," Houston manager A.J.
Hinch said. "Moves are exciting this time of year.
Everybody loves that."
general manager Doug Melvin said a trade fell through
Wednesday that would have sent Gomez to the New York Mets
for infielder Wilmer Flores and injured pitcher Zack
he had been talking with Melvin for a few weeks and that
they resumed talks on Thursday morning. He raved about
be plugged right in," Luhnow said. "He's an All
Star-caliber player. This guy is exciting. Everybody here is
going to love him once they get to know him. He's got a lot
of energy. ... He has all the tools and abilities in the
29-year-old Gomez is hitting .262 with eight homers and 43
RBIs in 74 games for the Brewers this season. He is making
$8 million this season and $9 million in 2016, then can
become a free agent.
won a Gold Glove in 2013, is a nine-year veteran coming off
a career-best season last year, when he hit .284 with 34
doubles, 23 homers, 73 RBIs and 34 steals. Gomez and Mike
Trout are the only players with at least 100 steals and 50
home runs over the last four seasons.
played for the Mets and the Twins before joining the Brewers
whirlwind 24 hours, Gomez was excited to join a new team in
the thick of the postseason race.
have a lot of talent," he said." And they have a
great group to play with."
5-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts for Milwaukee this season.
He has 121 strikeouts in 118 innings this season. He won't
be a free agent until after the 2019 season.