DETROIT -- The Jon Lester and David Price trades, made hours apart, were bound to bring up Justin Verlander's reaction to the A's trade for Jeff Samardzija earlier in the summer. Verlander, however, tried to downplay it Thursday.
"I think that got taken out of context a bit," Verlander said. "Obviously, the A's are making moves to win the World Series, not to get past us, which is what happened the past couple years. We were the team that they didn't quite get by.
"Obviously, I don't think they're sitting there saying, 'We need to make this move to beat the Tigers.' And I don't think it's vice versa. They made their big moves, and we made our move. This might have been something that's been on the horizon for a while for us. But I can tell you that it was an exciting day of Trade Deadline baseball."
Still, the anticipation of a potential A's-Tigers postseason matchup was hard to ignore.
"They made a trade that they think bests our chances of winning the World Series," Verlander said. "We've knocked on the door a few times and unfortunately come up short. Hopefully this year's the year."