The Oakland Athletics made the biggest move of MLB's trade-deadline day by getting Jon Lester. The biggest, that is, until the Detroit Tigers made a deal to acquire David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team swap.
It was evidence that the AL arms race is serious this year.
The Tigers' trade was made public shortly before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, and as the minutes ticked toward the deadline, Tigers president/GM Dave Dombrowski shot a funny text to A's GM Billy Beane. It was evidence there was still room for fun too.
Re: Price to Tigers, Beane "had a feeling it was going to happen." Dombrowski jokingly texted, "You have 1 minute to acquire Chris Sale"— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) August 1, 2014
The pitching rich joking with the pitching rich, it's just wonderful. If you've ever wondered how baseball suits correspond with each other, you are now enlightened.
Sure, it was a joke, but could you imagine Sale on either one of these stacked teams? Sheesh. How about MLB extends the trade deadline one day, just for Dombrowski and Beane, to see if either could get a trade done for Sale.
If anybody could do it, it would be one of these wheeling-and-dealing dudes.
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