98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The Boston Red Sox may have found a potential suitor for David Price — and they didn’t have to look far to find it — as the Toronto Blue Jays are emerging as a potential destination for Price, according to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal.
The signing of free-agent left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu remains one possibility for the Jays, but the team also is talking to the Red Sox about a trade for Price, according to major-league sources. A deal only will come to fruition if the clubs agree on how much the Red Sox will pay of the $96 million remaining in the final three years of Price’s contract. Such an agreement is not close at this time, and the Red Sox are talking to other clubs about Price and examining different options as well, sources said.
For the Red Sox, getting below the luxury tax remains the name of the game. So while getting out from under Price’s bloated price tag seems to be of the utmost importance, it doesn’t sound as if a trade to Toronto would solve all of their problems, as the Red Sox would likely need to make additional cost-cutting moves, according to Rosenthal.
The 34-year-old Price posted a 7-5 record and 4.28 ERA in 2019, and has 46 wins and a 3.84 ERA in 98 starts over a four-season run in Boston. Price actually has some familiarity with Toronto, too, as he spent the 2015 stretch run as a member of the Jays, with nine wins, a 2.30 ERA, and 87 strikeouts in 74.1 innings as a Jay.
If a deal with Price does not materialize, the Red Sox will likely shift their attention towards a potential Mookie Betts deal, and with the Dodgers rumored to be a potential landing spot for the star outfielder.