The biggest free agent of the winter has signed with the Boston Red Sox for seven years, $217 million.
David Price, who is 30 years old, had an 18-5 record with a 2.45 era for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays last year. His 5.9 WAR was ranked second among the AL and 6th in the MLB last year. He also finished among the top ten in ERA, wins, win-loss percentage, innings pitched, strikeouts, and completed games.
The $31 million average over seven years is the largest salary for a pitcher and 7th highest in all of the MLB. The yearly payout is $30 million, $30 million, $30 million, $31 million, $32 million, $32 million, and $32 million. There is a three-year opt-out clause included in the contract, which makes Price leaving the Red Sox after three years the most probable outcome.
Price has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the league for the last decade. He started his career with the Tampa Bay Rays for six years, where he posted an 82-47 record with a 3.18 ERA. He was then dealt to the Tigers where the current Red Sox president of baseball operations, Dave Dembrowski, was the GM for the Tigers at the time.
Price had a poor outing for the rest of the 2014 season with the Tigers that included a 4-4 record and a 3.59 ERA. He started off hot in 2015 with a 9-4 record and 2.54 ERA before being dealt to the Blue Jays, who were looking to make a playoff push. He finished the season with a 9-1 record and 2.30 ERA for the Blue Jays.
Unfortunately, Price’s postseason slump continued with a 1-2 record and 6.60 ERA. He has two wins and seven losses in his postseason career, which provides a big scare for fans who are wondering if he has what it takes to win the World Series. Luckily, David Price’s ERA at Fenway is 1.92, the lowest for him at any ballpark.
The Red Sox desperately needed a star ace after the pitching debacle last year. The Red Sox signed Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson, and Wade Miley thinking that five solid pitchers would get the job done. Ultimately that idea fell flat on it’s head as the Red Sox finished last in the AL-East and Clay Buchholz, Porcello, and Masterson had sub-par years. None of the Red Sox pitchers threw for 200 innings and Clay Buchholz who was the supposed ace went 7-7 with only 18 starts.
The major weakness for the Boston Red Sox this upcoming year is starting and relief pitching. The newly acquired president of baseball operations, Dembrowski, has made huge acquisitions in acquiring two of the best players at their position: Craig Kimbrel and David Price.
The Red Sox are now primed for a massive year with some young outfield talent in Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Castillo, great infield presence with Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia, and an improved starting rotation. They will also have some rotation depth with Eduardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly, Henry Owens, and Brian Johnson.