If you thought the Toronto Blue Jays were done following the Troy Tulowitzki trade, you thought wrong. Toronto snagged one of July's other big prizes Thursday afternoon, snagging Detroit Tigers ace David Price in a four-player trade.
Unlike the Tulo trade, this one is a pure rental. Price is a free agent after this season, and not one likely to sign to a bargain deal -- $200 million is a possibility -- and there's no qualifying offer on the back end to give Toronto a belated return for Price. Bringing in Price is a clear win-now deal for a team that's starving to be more than a September spoiler.
With no benefit from Price other than his performance over the next two months, it's crucial that a trade of this magnitude be a significant upgrade over what the team already has and that the team is in a position that the improvement actually matters. For an organization such as the Diamondbacks or A's, adding a player like Price would be a futile gesture. For the Blue Jays, the benefit is very real.