Sox Get Their Price
According to CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman, the Boston Red Sox have nabbed the crowned jewel of this year's MLB offseason; David Price.
The deal is reportedly for seven years and $217 million, making Price an exceedingly rich man. In fact, the deal is the largest ever given to a pitcher.
Just about a week ago, reports had surfaced that Price was leaning towards returning to the Toronto Blue Jays, the club that traded for him this past season at the deadline. Over the past few days, however, rumblings of Boston's president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski's, all out effort to land the star lefty were reportedly in the works.
It appears Dombrowski got in a good enough pitch to lure the 30-year-old southpaw to Beantown and reunite from their previous time together with the Detroit Tigers.
The now $31 million-a-year man had an impressive season last year, splitting time between the Tigers and the Blue Jays. In 32 starts, Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA, while pitching 220 1/3 innings.
For his career the lefty has an ERA of 3.09, over eight major league seasons.
Even more tantalizing for Boston is that Price has proven he can pitch in the always dangerous AL East. He spent the first six plus years of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays and the second half of last year with Toronto and his Cy Young award that he won in 2012 came as a member of the Tampa Bay staff.
The deal also contains an opt out for Price after three seasons, with no deferred money.