As if the standings didn’t already confirm it, the Red Sox are officially moving to to 2020.
The latest sign of that decision came on Wednesday, as the team has officially shut down lefty David Price for the remainder of the season, according to manager Alex Cora. Cora first floated this inevitability out there on Tuesday night following the team’s 15-inning loss to the Giants, which saw the Sox officially drop to nine games out of second wild card in the American League.
“Honestly, it feels like we’re going to shut him down,” Cora said after Tuesday’s loss. “We have to go through the whole process and see how David feels about it and the medical staff.”
The 34-year-old Price has pitched just two times since Aug. 4, and lasted just two innings in his last appearance, a Sept. 1 “start” against the Angels. Overall, it’s been a somewhat forgettable year for Price, who will finish the year with a 7-5 record and 4.28 ERA in 22 starts.
Price has three years and almost $100 million left on the mammoth seven-year deal he signed with Boston in Dec. 2015.