The Red Sox have agreed to terms with free-agent left-hander David Price on a seven-year agreement value $217 million, CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Pete Abraham of a Boston Globe had a initial news on a signing. According to Ken Rosenthal, Price’s understanding with Boston also includes an opt-out after 3 seasons.
Price, 30, is entrance off a 2015 deteriorate in that he pitched to a 2.45 ERA and 4.79 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings for a Tigers and Blue Jays. For his career, Price owns an ERA of 3.09 (126 ERA+) opposite tools of 8 major-league seasons for a Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays. Price won a AL Cy Young Award in 2012, and he has worked during slightest 200 innings in 5 of a past 6 seasons.
Price’s $217 million agreement sets a record for pitchers, as it narrowly tops a $215 million prolongation that Clayton Kershaw sealed with a Dodgers in Jan 2014.
The Price merger also directly addresses one of Boston’s primary weaknesses in 2015, when it finished 78-84 and in final place in a AL East. Last season, Boston used 12 opposite starting pitchers, and nothing of them reached 200 innings. To put a finer indicate on it, a revolution personality in WAR, Clay Buchholz with a symbol of 2.6, done only 18 starts. The Red Sox’s revolution also ranked 13th in a AL in ERA. Price will front a revolution that, absent additional moves, will expected also embody Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Also of note: As Sports On Earth tweeted, Red Sox boss of ball ops (and former Tigers GM) Dave Dombrowki has in a small some-more than a year traded for Price, traded divided Price and sealed Price to a huge free-agent contract.