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Dave Dombrowski sent some fun smack talk to Billy Beane after the David Price deal

Jul 31, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

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OK, so this is pretty fantastic.

Athletics general manager Billy Beane strengthened his team’s rotation this morning by acquiring left-hander Jon Lester from the Red Sox. Hours later, the Tigers answered by picking up left-hander David Price as part of a three-team deal with the Rays and Mariners. As Jane Lee of relays below, Beane received some good-natured smack talk from Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski just moments before the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline passed:

Competing both on and off the field. I dig it. The arms race between the Athletics and Tigers is just too much fun. There’s still two months remaining in the regular season and I have no horse in this race, but it would be quite a treat to see these two teams square off in the playoffs for a third straight year.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:52 PM


  2. clydeserra - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    that was a good one

  3. corvetteman6 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    You know, days like today only serve to further alienate fans in smaller markets
    Beane transcended all of that resentment, of course, but I am unsure how anyone today
    can call himself a Rays fan
    Sure, Dumbroski is whooping it up. He gave away nothing for an ace
    The scuttlebutt was that the Rays wanted a great deal of talent if they were going to part with
    Price but apparently, that only applied to a few teams.
    How could you possibly be a Rays fan–or Rays player–and support this deal?
    Where Beane had to give upa number 4 stick for a rental who will likely go back to Boston this winter,
    Detroit gave up nothing for a guy who is under contract through 2015
    Collusion, anyone.

    • jerze2387 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      uh…detroit gave up their centerfielder and leadoff hitter. AND a good young pitcher in smyly. Jackson was important to Detroit just as Cespedes was to oakland, albeit they played different roles.

      • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Jackson was pretty terrible as a leadoff hitter, although he was stellar in CF.

        Tigers got a Cy Young pitcher. To get, you gotta give.

    • Minoring In Baseball - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      I’ve watched Ademes in West Michigan this season, and this kid will be a big part of the Rays future. This was the only part of the deal I didn’t really like. He was the youngest player in the Midwest League, and one of the best. I don’t know where the Rays organization will place him yet, but the Whitecaps may be facing him when they play the Bowling Green Hot Rods, if that’s where he goes.

  4. mtheparrothead - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Go tiggies!

  5. pointywilliams - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Heard that in the car earlier. Love DD.

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:53 PM


  7. jacobmcbride1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Dave Dombrowski is simply the best, the day he hangs up his Blackberry he is a first ballot HOFer but he still can have fun while doing it, plus he has that George Clooney-risqué distinguished good looks thing going on, this guy is a legend

    • kcroyal - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      Maybe we should let him achieve a career winning record as a GM before we call him a legend.

  8. 1981titan - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    I herd Beane was about 35 seconds late completing the Sale deal so it fell through.

  9. weaselpuppy - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    I hear he also texted RAJ the following;


  10. kingseamas - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Oakland will tear it up this year. We’re stacked. Let’s go A’s!

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