By: Ryan Colpitts
Just shortly after the 2015 baseball season came to an end, the big question for every Jays fan was whether or not David Price would be seen in the Rogers Centre again, in the dugout under section 124. Price’s tenure with the blue birds would soon end however as Price was picked up on the trades deadline as strictly a rental player. This would lead the Blue Jays to their first playoff appearance since ’93, ending their 22-year drought.
This afternoon, David Price would be officially announced as a member of the Boston Red Sox, after signing a 7-year, $217 million deal. The deal provides Price with an opt-out option after 3 years. In the news conference today, some notable things were said that might not sit with the Blue Jays faithful who wanted to do whatever they could to keep him in Toronto. “I think I was saving all of my postseason wins for the Red Sox.”
The Jays did not pursue Price aggressively however. Instead of giving D. Price $217 million, they decided to see him leave and hold onto their funds to eventually be able to share around the clubhouse. Price also stated in the news conference, “This is a place that has winning in their history. They definitely have winning in their future.” When breaking down this deal further, if Price starts 30 times in the 2016 season, he will earn $1 million per game ($9,000 per pitch) as he will wind up receiving $30 million in total.
Prior to the Boston reaching out and eventually signing the popular left-hander, the Red Sox spoke with David Ortiz, asking his opinion on Price and what his thoughts were as the two had history together during their days in Tampa. “At some point the Red Sox asked me, and I told them I got no problem with it. He’s not a bad guy. I know him from before. Things happen in the game, but that doesn’t mean that’s how you are. Our adrenaline kicks in on the field.”
So all in all, even though Jays fans are extremely disappointed in the fact they won’t get to see one of the best in the game every 5 days, time will tell if they will be better without him. That being said, they (Jays) have a lot of work to do to fix up their starting rotation and get some key arms in the bullpen as well.