The Tigers have traded left-handed ace David Price for left-handed prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, and Jairo Labourt.
Norris was ranked as the 18th best prospect in the nation by Baseball America both prior to the start of the season, and in their midseason reevaluations. He was picked by many as a potential Rookie of the Year in 2015, but after some early struggles he found himself back in Triple-A to work on his command.
Boyd is 24 years old and, while he hasn’t had the fanfare of Norris, has had a very strong season. After dominating Double-A the Blue Jays called him up to Triple-A and then to the major leagues within three weeks. He made two starts for the Blue Jays and got shelled, and was sent back down to Triple-A where he returned to his dominant ways. He has posted a 1.68 ERA to go with a 8.5 K/9 and miniscule 1.9 BB/9 in the minors this season.
Labourt might be the "throw-in" in the deal, but he isn’t a bad throw-in. He made rookie-league and Low-A hitters look silly at 18-20 years old, but is now struggling a little in High-A as a 21 year old. He reportedly has impressive stuff and could be a big-league contributor some day if he can put it all together.
All three prospects are young and left-handed, and all three come with their full six years of team control. David Price will be sorely missed this season, but these three lefties will improve the 2016 Tigers far more than a compensation pick would have.