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Blue Jays stole headlines landing Troy Tulowitzki, David Price

08/02/2015 01:47 EDT | Updated 08/02/2016 05:59 EDT
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos made a splash this week with multiple trades aimed at improving the ball club. 

In fact, Blue Jays fans are so excited, Monday's debut of David Price in a Toronto uniform against the Twins has been sold out.

So, while the excitement in the city is clear, who exactly Toronto acquired may not be.

So here's a rundown of who the Blue Jays acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline, as the team makes a push for their first playoff appearance since they won the 1993 World Series — currently the longest post-season drought in Major League Baseball.

Troy Tulowitzki

Dealt by Colorado — the only MLB team he's ever played for before coming to Toronto — the man known as "Tulo" is considered by many as one of the best shortstops in baseball. The 30-year-old from Santa Clara, Calif., has hit at least 20 home runs six times in his career and is a five-time all star. Three times he has finished in the top eight in National League MVP voting and is currently under contract through the 2020 season. The Jays had a chance to take him in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft, but opted for starting pitcher Ricky Romero, who is no longer with the organization.

David Price

Acquired from Detroit, the Tennessee native was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay in 2007 after attending Vanderbilt University. Like Tulowitzki, Price is a five-time all star, but he's also won a Cy Young Award after posting 20 wins and a 2.56 ERA in 2012. Two years later, he earned 271 strikeouts in 248.1 innings. Price is also quite popular on Twitter, amassing more than 350,000 followers, a figure expected to grow now that he's in Toronto. The left-handed pitcher turns 30 years old on August 26 and is set to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.

LaTroy Hawkins

As part of the Tulowitzki deal, Hawkins brings veteran savvy to Toronto's young bullpen. The 42-year-old left-hander from Indiana is currently the oldest active player in baseball. In fact, when he was drafted by Minnesota in 1991, the Blue Jays had never won a World Series. Hawkins has played for the Twins, Cubs, Giants, Orioles, Rockies, Yankees, Astros, Brewers, Angels and Mets before joining the Blue Jays' bullpen. Last December, he announced he would retire after this season.

Ben Revere

The 27-year-old speedster spent his career with the Twins and Phillies before being dealt to Toronto. Born in Atlanta, Revere has stolen at least 22 bases in each of his past five seasons and has already surpassed that total this year. The versatile outfielder was a first round pick in 2007 and is expected to bring energy and quickness to a team that lost some when they dealt Jose Reyes as part of the Tulowitzki deal. Revere is arbitration eligible in 2016 and slated to become a free agent in 2018.

Mark Lowe

Seattle sent the 32-year-old right-handed reliever to Toronto after a strong 2015 campaign. Selected in the fifth round of the 2005 draft, Lowe bounced around four different teams before being picked up by the Blue Jays. In 34 games with the Mariners, the Houston native posted a 1.00 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 36 innings. Set to be a free agent after this season, Lowe will be a useful part of Toronto's bullpen for manager John Gibbons.

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