Moises Sierra finished 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI against the Tigers on Thursday.
Sierra raised his average from .214 to .237 in his first start in eight days. He probably isn't looking at an expanded role down the stretch after the White Sox failed to trade an outfielder today.
Jose Abreu reached all five times up Thursday, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of intentional walks against the Tigers.
Abreu is batting .407 during his 20-game hitting streak. He's also up to 11 intentional walks, compared to 16 that were unintentional.
Mariners acquired OF Austin Jackson from the Rays via the Tigers for SS Nick Franklin in Thursday's three-team trade that sent David Price to Detroit.
We mocked Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik earlier in the day for attempting to patch huge outfield holes with Chris Denorfia, but Trader Jack got the last life. For a year now, he refused to sell low on Franklin, whom the organization had clearly soured on. His patience paid off today, when Tampa Bay had Jackson in the Price package but nowhere to put him with Desmond Jennings manning center field. James Jones and Dustin Ackley project to flank Jackson in Seattle's outfield for now, with Endy Chavez, Stefen Romero, Corey Hart and Denorfia coming off the bench. Jackson is suffering through a down year (.270/.330/.397), but we aren't concerned about him long-term.
J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 and hit his 14th homer Thursday versus the White Sox.
Martinez was slumping before the White Sox came to down, but he's 5-for-10 with three RBI the last three days. His spot in the Tigers' outfield seems especially locked in now with Austin Jackson gone to Seattle.
Brian Dozier is not in Thursday's lineup due to a swollen left thumb.
Dozier jammed the thumb while sliding into third base during Wednesday's game. The good news is that he planned to take batting practice before Thursday's contest and be available off the bench, so he should return to the lineup over the weekend. Eduardo Escobar is at second base Thursday.
Rays acquired SS Willy Adames and LHP Drew Smyly from the Tigers in a three-team trade that sent LHP David Price to Detroit.
Andrew Friedman takes a gamble on an 18-year-old ranked as Detroit's No. 5 prospect in Baseball America's mid-season update (you could call him No. 3, taking into account the two prospects ahead of him that were promptly traded for Joakim Soria). Adames, enjoying a breakout season, leaped up from a No. 30 ranking in the preseason. He's slashed .269/.346/.428 for Low-A West Michigan in the Midwest League, where he was the youngest everyday player. Adames is a big shortstop at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. If he can retain his range as he grows, he could develop into an offensive threat at shortstop in the bigs. If he has to move to third or the outfield, however, the power doesn't project to be good enough to make him a star. Yes, he's a boom-or-bust proposition, but it does speak well on the player that Friedman himself purchased the flier at a high cost.
Tigers purchased the contract of OF Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A Toledo.
Carrera is expected to receive the bulk of the starts in center field against right-handed pitching following the trade of Austin Jackson. It doesn't figure to be a strict platoon, as Rajai Davis will play more than just versus lefties. Carrera is a career .251/.306/.339 hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors but has had a big year at Toledo, batting .307/.387/.422 with six homers, 41 RBI and 43 stolen bases. He's worth a look for those in need of some speed.
Rays acquired LHP Drew Smyly and SS Willy Adames from the Tigers in a three-team trade that sent LHP David Price to Detroit.
Smyly isn't Price, but he's only 25, is under team control for four more seasons, and should remain a solid mid-rotation starter throughout that time. The left-hander is 6-9 with a 3.77 ERA, and has logged a career 3.46 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 275-plus innings. He teams with Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Hellickson to give Tampa Bay an outstanding young rotation under team control for years to come.