By John Chidley-Hill, THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO: David Price is already paying off for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Toronto debut of the recently acquired ace on Monday saw a spike in secondary ticket sales for the Blue Jays, with the cost of seats for Price’s 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins nearly doubling.
Tickets to Monday’s game were averaging US$37 each before Price was traded to the Blue Jays on July 30, according to However, after Price was announced as Toronto’s starter for Monday’s game the average price rocketed to $69.
That made Monday’s game the Blue Jays’ most expensive home game of the season. According to, no other 2015 acquisition has had a significant impact on ticket prices around Major League Baseball.
Price’s debut surpassed Toronto’s home opener ($59) against the Tampa Bay Rays as most expensive game of the Blue Jays’ season.
Before the trade, an estimated $60,000 had been spent on tickets on the secondary market for Monday’s game. In the five days between the trade and Price’s first start, an estimated $300,000 was spent on the secondary market for the game.
A spokesman for projects that if the Blue Jays make the post-season they will have one of the most expensive secondary ticket markets in MLB.
© 2015 The Canadian Press