What is that?!
It’s a bird?! It’s a plane!?…yup, it’s a plane.
But that plane is bringing over someone who is about to become the richest pitcher in Major League baseball history. On Tuesday, December 1st, the left handed flamethrower, David Price, decided to sign with the Boston Red Sox for 7 years worth 217 million dollars.
Yup, you read that right.
He surpassed Clayton Kershaw for being the richest pitcher ever by 2 million dollars. A lot of fans think that President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski, went way overboard on signing Price. But did he really?
Price was one of the best, if not the best, pitcher in the free agent market this year. People knew he was going to be expensive to play for any team. But the Sox weren’t going to let him go. They wanted Price to know that he’s worth the amount of money they offered him. There were reports that the St. Louis Cardinals were in the hunt for Price, and he was actually going to choose them before Boston offered him the mega deal.
Do I think that Boston should make one more trade for a good number 2 pitcher in the rotation? Yes. Because, as of right now, we have a number 1 and a bunch of number 3’s and 4’s. I like Eduardo Rodriguez being in our rotation with Price for the next few years. I wouldn’t be upset if they gave away Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, or Wade Miley plus an outfielder, and a prospect or two to a team that gives us back a good quality pitcher to back up Price.
I know I am beating a dead horse right now, but what was Boston’s biggest problem last year? Pitching. So why not get arguably the best closer, Craig Kimbrel, and one of the best starting pitchers in the game, David Price. Also, Price has been dominant in his career at Fenway Park. His 1.95 career earned run average there can speak for itself. He said before, however, that he doesn’t like Boston’s fan base. But who would like them if you are the away team? Now that the fans will be with Price than against him, he will see how supportive they are and that they will feed off his energy on the mound. Price is now the ace of the staff that we can rely on for years to come, hopefully.
Price can opt out of his contract after his third year and leave Boston if he chooses. But hopefully he can lead the Sox to a championship and want to stay in Boston.
That’s another thing people are questioning. Price’s playoff struggle. His career record, 2-7 with a 5.12 earned run average is Price’s kryptonite so far in his career. But how about we worry about getting in the postseason first before thinking about Price’s playoff woes. He is dominant in the regular season and can carry a team to the playoffs; he proved that last year in Toronto and for most of his years in Tampa Bay. Besides, there was a pitcher who was known to be a choke artist back in 2001. Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson. Going into the 2001 National Championship Series where the Diamondbacks were going to play to the Atlanta Braves, Johnson had lost his last 7 straight outings through the 1990’s and that years Divisional Series.
You want to know what happened next?
Johnson helped lead the D-Backs to the World Series going to 2-0 with an 1.13 earned run average in that series. Then in the World Series, he went to go 3-0 with an earned run average of 1.04 and being named C0-MVP with teammate, Curt Schilling.
What I am getting at is that pitchers can change their destiny. That’s what David Price has the opportunity to do in Boston, show that he can pitch in October and bring anther championship to Beantown.
To the Red Sox fans who thought we paid too much for the soon-to-be Opening day starter, the price was expensive, but the Price was right.