By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
David Price had an October epiphany, and it came just in time. The Red Sox lefty confirmed what many had wondered about over his first three years in Boston: he’s opting in.
Four more years.
“Yeah, I’m opting in,” Price told reporters on Wednesday as part of the Red Sox’ World Series celebration in Boston. “I’m not going anywhere. I want to win here. We did that this year. I want to do it again.
“We want to be able to keep as many guys here as we can. We had a very good team this year, and we want to continue along with that same trend.”
The Red Sox will now pay Price $127 million over the next four seasons. He was most certainly worth every penny of the $31 million he made in 2018. And if you value championships enough, perhaps you make the argument that he’s become worth the entire contract.
Even after this year’s playoffs got off to a rocky start, Price flipped the script on himself as an October performer. He allowed just three runs in his final 19.2 postseason innings, going 3-0 in three starts with a win in the World Series-clinching game over the Dodgers.
The question, now, is whether 2018 was a one-time thing or he’s truly changed forever as a postseason pitcher. How will he perform now that he has legitimate expectations to elevate himself in October? He has four more years to prove this year isn’t the exception, but the new rule.
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.