Blue Jays add RHP Lowe, OF Revere on deadline day
TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays capped a busy week with pair of trade deadline deals, bolstering their bullpen and outfield options as they seek to end the longest playoff drought in the major leagues.
Toronto acquired right-hander Mark Lowe from Seattle and got outfielder Ben Revere from Philadalphia ahead of Friday's deadline for trades without waivers. Earlier in the week, the Blue Jays obtained All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, reliever LaTroy Hawkins, and former Cy Young Award winner David Price.
''This organization definitely put their best foot forward at the trade deadline, and you've got to love seeing that,'' Price said after the Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 in 11 innings Friday night.
''You can feel the excitement when you're in the dugout, you can feel it in the locker room,'' Price added.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos has overhauled a fifth of his roster in a bid to put the Blue Jays in the postseason for the first time since consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and `93.
''Alex isn't letting up, I know that,'' manager John Gibbons said.
Anthopoulos, who stayed up all night Wednesday working on the Price deal, said his week has been ''a whirlwind.''
''We're excited and I love the fact that we were in a position to do some things and be this close,'' he said.
Toronto began Friday six games behind AL East-leading New York Yankees and two games back in the wild card race.
Lowe, obtained for a trio of minor league left-handers, has had a bounce-back year with the Mariners after appearing in just 18 games during the 2013-14 seasons.
''He's having an outstanding year,'' Anthopoulos said. ''Our bullpen is really starting to be deep with power arms.''
Lowe pitched in 34 games for Seattle this season, developing into a consistent eighth-inning option. He had a 1.00 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Lowe was a non-roster invite to Mariners' spring training and started the season in the minors before being called up in early May. He will become a free agent after the season.
''He could pitch anywhere, seventh, eighth, ninth, depending on what's going on,'' Gibbons said. ''He's got that ability.''
Revere, acquired for two minor league right-handers, is batting .296 with 24 stolen bases.
''It was someone that brings an element to our lineup that we don't have: a contact bat with speed,'' Anthopoulos said.
Revere was in Toronto with the Phillies when Tulowitzki was acquired earlier this week.
''I just want to try to get on base and let the big boys do the work,'' Revere said before leaving Philadelphia.
Gibbons said Revere will platoon in left field but isn't likely to displace Tulowitzki from the leadoff spot, where the slugging shortstop has started since joining Toronto.
''I kind of like the way it's set up now,'' Gibbons said.
Revere is eligible for arbitration after the season.
Price was due to be introduced on Friday afternoon but his arrival was delayed by a flat tire, a story that played out on Twitter with Blue Jays fans offering to rescue the stranded pitcher.
Price posted a message just after 10 a.m. saying he'd blown a tire. About an hour later, he posted again to say he couldn't find anyone to fit a new tire on his car.
Blue Jays fans tweeted to the ace pitcher, telling him they'd pick him up wherever he was waiting. One fan cautioned ''If you change the tire..RIGHT HAND ONLY!!!''
Shortly before 1:00 p.m., just as Price was tweeting a photo of his gray Jaguar XJR being loaded onto a truck, the Blue Jays announced they were postponing a planned 3:30 p.m. introductory news conference.
Price said he was on Interstate 94 near Chesterfield, Michigan, when his right rear tire blew.
''I got the extra tire put on and the guy was like `Where are you headed?,''' Price said. ''I was like `I'm going to Toronto,' and he was like `You can't make it there on this tire.' I went to Discount Tires, they didn't have a tire to fit my back tire and then I just had to sit in a Target parking lot and wait for the tow truck to come and wait for my ride to arrive.''
A noted fan of the popcorn at Rogers Centre, Price already had a gift awaiting him: six bags of popcorn were placed inside his locker, along with a welcome note from the team.
''I think some guys might have taken some before I got here but I was completely OK with that,'' Price said. ''This is the best popcorn I've ever had.''
Price said he was better able to handle a midseason trade after moving from Tampa Bay to Detroit at the deadline last summer.
''It definitely made it easier going through it my second time,'' he said.
Toronto put second baseman Devon Travis (left shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Price, who is to make his Blue Jays debut on Monday afternoon against wild-card rival Minnesota. Price is being pushed back a day after being unable to throw his side session Thursday. He worked out on the field after the game.
R.A. Dickey will start on three days' rest against Kansas City on Sunday.
Toronto has seven off days remaining but Price isn't likely to get extra rest down the stretch.
''I think he needs to be out there on his fifth day,'' Gibbons said.
The Blue Jays will need to make two additional roster moves when Lowe and Revere arrive Saturday.
Toronto hopes to improve its depth even further if outfielder Michael Saunders can return from a left knee injury. Saunders has yet to begin a rehab assignment.
''We expect him back in September,'' Anthopoulos said.
Also Friday, the Blue Jays traded left-hander Felix Doubront to Oakland for cash. Doubront was designated for assignment Wednesday to make room for Tulowitzki.
AP Sports Writers Tim Booth in Seattle and Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this report.