DETROIT – Toronto acquired All-Star lefthander David Price from Detroit on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993.
After obtaining slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding Price, likely the top remaining starting pitcher on the market after Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels and Scott Kazmir were all dealt earlier.
Toronto sent lefties Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to Detroit. Price can become a free agent after this season.
Later Thursday, Detroit dealt away another key member of its pitching staff, sending closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh for minor league infielder JaCoby Jones.
"They've got a good thing going on right now in Toronto," Price said from Baltimore, where the Tigers were preparing to play the Orioles. "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."
Toronto has scored more runs than any other team in the major leagues but still had a .500 record at the time of the trade.
"At this point," Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said, "we're trying to give ourselves the best opportunity to get in the playoffs."
Price went from Tampa Bay to Detroit last July, one of several bold moves the Tigers have made while winning the past four AL Central titles. But the 2015 Tigers are in fourth place in the division, and their trades Thursday were made with an eye toward the future.
"I would much rather be acquiring than I would be trading," Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said. " But it's just where we are at this point."