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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 MLB.com 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

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

  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.

      http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  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

    TAMPERING!!!!

  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;

    “crickets”

  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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