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Today in Blue Jays History: David Price Trade

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Three years ago today:

The Blue Jays traded Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers for David Price.

At the time of the trade, the Jays were 52-51 tied for second place 6 games back of the Yankees.

We would go 41-18 the rest of the way and finish first in the AL East and, well you remember the rest.

Price would go 9-1, in 11 starts for the Jays (kind of amazing that would get 10 decisions in 11 starts), with a 2.30 ERA. He had a rough time in the playoffs.

And he was great fun, being head cheerleader when he wasn’t pitching, being a fan of Rogers Centre popcorn and just looking like he was enjoying every moment. Alex Anthopoulos talked about his ‘clubhouse presence saying he was the best teammate he had seen. He seems to be an entirely different person now.

And then, in the off-season, he signed with the Red Sox, which made us sad, but since he’s getting $217 million over 7 years, I’m glad the Jays didn’t beat that. With the Red Sox he has a 3.93 ERA in 71 games, 66 starts.

The players we traded?

  • Boyd has a 5.05 ERA in 77 games, 73 starts and a 18-29 record over the 4 seasons. He is 5-9 with a 4.53 ERA this year.
  • Norris has a 4.48 ERA in 49 games, 41 starts and a 11-13 record over the 4 seasons. This year he has a 5.87 ERA in 15 innings. He’s currently on the 60-day DL with a groin injury.
  • Labourt pitched in 4 game back for the Tigers in 2017, but has spent most of the times in the minors. He was released by the White Sox earlier this season.

We were pretty happy with the trade:

And since we made it to the playoffs, I’m still happy with it.