24 Nov 2015
Reports are swirling that Dave Dombrowski has made the signing of free agent starter, David Price, a top priority with one report saying Dombrowski is all in.
The Red Sox do need a front line starter and Price certainly fills that role, but there are a few red flags that will come with Price. First off, his age, he is 30 and starting pitchers, with very few exceptions, rarely age gracefully. In addition, Price owns a 5.12 career postseason ERA. That’s not what you are hoping for with your ace. Consider this, had the Red Sox instead re-signed Jon Lester last year, they would have signed a 30 years old starter (31 now) who owns a 2.85 postseason ERA in far more innings (98 for Lester vs. 63 for Price). Alas, the Lester decision was made by the former administration and is in the rearview mirror now.
Price would help immensely, and allow the Red Sox to line-up their other starters behind a dominating regular season pitcher. Price has struck out 200 batters 4 times in his career and owns a great career ERA, WHIP and K/9. The cost for Price is going to be overwhelming, something Boston has been loath to do in the past with its starting pitching. Get ready fans, if Price does come onboard, it will be $25m or higher per season for a minimum of 6 years…staggering numbers to tie up in one player, albeit a starting pitcher.
Having traded a fair amount of prospects in the Kimbrel trade, Dembrowski has only one avenue to acquire his ace, free agency.
As a Red Sox fan, I obviously want Price but really worry about the last half of the contract like the one he’ll sign. Look at the Yankees dealing with expensive contracts for Sabathia, Ellsbury, ARod and Texiera (the latter 2 having bounce back seasons but always a major risk for season ending injury/suspension). Big market teams like Boston and New York can absorb a bad contact like this but when they start piling up, it can get ugly.
This I know, the Red Sox need starting pitching. Go get it Dave.