David Price is One Year Away From Truly Holding All the Cards

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David Price dominated the Dodgers to win the clinching game for the Red Sox to win the World Series back in 2018.  Price allowed just one run over seven-plus innings in Game 5.  The game clinching win was Price’s third straight win in the postseason, which should have ended the media doubters on Price’s inability to pitch and win in clutch situations. 

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Following the game Price had some interesting comments.  When Price was asked how it felt to silence his doubters, he replied with this, "To answer that question in Spring Training day and day and day and day, and over and over and over and over, anytime it got to September, playoffs, I hold all the cards now," Price said.  "And that feels so good.  That feels so good.  I can't tell you how good it feels to hold that trump card.  And you guys have had it for a long time.  You've played that card extremely well.  But you don't have it anymore, none of you do, and that feels really good."

Price opted into his contract with the Red Sox following the World Series back in 2018.  "I'm opting in.  I'm not going anywhere," Price said.  "I want to win here.  We did that this year and I want to do it again."

Price going into 2020 has $96 million owed to him over the next three seasons.

Shop for officially licensed MLB T-shirts from Nike, Majestic and more at Shop.MLB.comThis offseason, new Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom has reportedly been trying to trade the former Cy Young award winning left-hander.  Thus far, Bloom has been unsuccessful in his quest in moving Price’s hefty contract.  Are the Red Sox just asking for too much in return for Price?  According to Peter Gammons, one GM in the game said that “the Red Sox want prospects back for Price.  I doubt they’re getting any.”

If Bloom is looking to move Price and his contract for prospects, he is clearly doing his due diligence on trying to maximize his return.  Teams in baseball value their prospects so highly due to their potential and the team’s ability to control a young player for at least six years.  The odds Bloom trades Price for prospects is slim, unless he is willing to eat a large portion of Price’s contract. 

Price would be a good addition to a team contending for a World Series or thinks they’re an arm or two away from contending.  Price holds value and apparently all the cards, which grows truer once the completion of the 2020 season.  The Red Sox lefty will become a 10/5 player following the 2020 season.  If Bloom thinks it's a challenge now to trade him with his current salary, it becomes more difficult once he's a 10/5 player and he can veto any trade.

Players in baseball who have accrued 10 years of Major League service time and have spent five consecutive years with the same club are awarded “10-and-5 rights”.  A player who has 10-and-5 rights has the ability to veto any trade, which essentially means they have a full no-trade clause.

Maybe this is what Price truly meant about holding all the cards.  If Bloom can’t move Price this season, Price has the right to say no each and every time the Sox potentially have a trade lined up for the veteran lefty.  Would Price reject a deal?  Unless Price is going to a really good situation it would be hard pressed to think he wouldn’t want out of Boston.  His time here with the media has been nothing short of tumultuous to say the least. 

I mean why would he stay?  He hasn't had the best interactions with the Boston media. 

Price has had run ins with former Red Sox reliever Dennis Eckersley on two occasions.  Eckersley and Price had a run in due to Eckersley saying “yuck” when NESN displayed the stats of teammate Eduardo Rodriguez start for the PawSox back in 2017.  Price decided to be the “martyr” for the team and address Eckersley over his comment.  It was reported that players were “irked” by Eck’s commentary.  Then there was a mid-flight confrontation between Price and Eck, resulting in Price shouting “get the f—k out of here” to the Hall-of-Fame reliever.

This past June, Price vs. Eckersley continued on when Eckersley said to the Boston Globe, "I don't plan on saying a word to him, I don't plan on seeing him, never."  Price of course reacted on Twitter, “because ECK needs attention!!  Same as every broadcast...ha ha ha.  Eight pitches are thrown and he’s sitting there talking about something he did 30 years ago (with zero mention of what’s going on).”

Price has also been a regular lighting rod on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Massarotti show.  Jim Murray, who handles the updates and chimes into the program, has been very critical of Price during his entire stint with the Red Sox.  In fact, Murray has referred to Price as a masochist.

“David Price is a masochist. I’ve spent time on a shrink’s couch; I know these meanings.  I know what these words are.  I’m not even joking,” Murray said.  “It’s a person who’s gratified by pain or degradation that’s self-imposed or imposed by others.  That’s a masochist.  That’s David Price.”

On the Felger and Mazz show, Murray does an incredibly David Price voice parody, one that never grows old when you hear it on their show. 

It’s been a fact that during his time with the Red Sox, when Price hears something about him, whether is read or heard, he’s been very quickly to overreact to the situation. Price  has been thin-skinned during his time with Boston. 

Price has spent a lot of time on Twitter and reacting to people about him.  If the price is right for Price and he is traded before 2020, it’ll be easier for the team to move him.  If Bloom waits, Price could then theoretically hold all the cards and spend the remaining few years of his deal in Boston.  His extremely high salary will continue to make it difficult for Bloom and his front office.  Bloom needs to be aggressive and trade Price before it’s incredibly harder to do in the future.



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