It’s no secret that David Price may not be a perfect fit for Boston.
The good news is that in the third year of a seven-year, $217 million contract signed prior to the start of the 2016 season, the 32-year-old has the ability to opt out of his deal and re-enter free agency this winter. Given Price’s seemingly rocky relationship with both the media and fans — as well as Price’s primetime struggles, meaning games against the Yankees and as a playoff starter — you could make the case that opting out would almost be expected.
But the 6-foot-5 lefty is not bailing on the Red Sox anytime soon. This according to the man himself.
“I want to win, I want to win here and I want to win now. We all know the amount of ability we have in this clubhouse,” Price told MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. “I’m focused on winning right now. I haven’t thought about opting out.”
This is in line with what Price has said from the start, as he began the 2018 season by saying that he knew how tough the Boston market would be and that opting out was not something he had discussed with his agent or family.
If Price is indeed telling the truth, he will be on the hook for at least $30 million per year through the 2022 season, including a contract-high $32 million per year in the final three seasons of the contract, in Price’s age 34, 35, and 36 seasons. And while spending money has never been an issue for the Red Sox, Price’s likely decision not to opt out of his deal could pose a problem when it comes time for the Red Sox to re-sign left-handed ace Chris Sale, as well as pay homegrown talents such as Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Andrew Benintendi beyond their current beyond-team-friendly contracts.
Rocked in his last two outings, surrendering a combined 12 earned runs with six homers in just eight innings of work, Price is 9-6 on the year with a 4.44 ERA. Overall, Price has 32 wins in 50 decisions and a 3.99 ERA in 69 appearances with Boston.