Former Cy Young winner, and two-time runner-up, David Price plans to retire after the 2022 season, introduced by Bob Nightengale USA Today. Price acknowledged that “It’s simply time,” and that “Everything on my physique hurts.”
Price, now 37, was initially drafted within the 19th spherical of the 2004 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, however selected to attend the baseball manufacturing facility Vanderbilt University. As a junior, he recorded an 11-1 document with a 2.63 ERA in 133 1/3 innings, hanging out 194 batters within the course of and incomes faculty baseball’s high honor, the Dick Howser Trophy.
After his dominant faculty profession, he was drafted first total in 2007 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now often known as the Tampa Bay Rays) and given a six-year, $11.25MM contract, with a then second-largest signing bonus in MLB historical past of $5.6MM. Price rapidly rose by means of the minor league ranks, and made his Major League debut in September of 2008, serving to the Rays make the postseason and, attention-grabbing trivia alert, incomes a postseason win earlier than a regular-season win.
Price would then spend his subsequent 5 and a half seasons tormenting the American League with the Rays, pitching to a dominant 3.19 ERA over 1129 2/3 innings with an 82-48 document and serving to Tampa Bay attain the playoffs in 2010, 2011, and 2013. During this stretch Price was a three-time All-Star (2010, 2011, and 2012), completed second in 2010 for Cy Young towards Felix Hernandezand edged out Justin Verlander in 2012 for the AL Cy Young award — pitching to a 2.56 ERA in 211 innings with a 20-5 document, garnering some MVP votes within the course of.
However, on the 2014 commerce deadline with the crew beneath .500, the Rays opted to commerce Price to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal that introduced again Drew Smyly, Nick Franklinand so on Willy Adams and despatched Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners. This Tigers crew, headlined by three present Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander, Max Scherzerand Price, and accompanied by future Cy Young winner in Rick Porcellobarely took the AL Central from the Royals and was swept by the Baltimore Orioles within the 2014 ALDS.
After the 2014 season, Price and the Tigers prevented arbitration and agreed on a $19.75MM wage for the 2015 season, setting a document for the most important one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible participant. Price confirmed he was price each penny, persevering with his dominance in 2015 with a 2.53 ERA in 146 innings and incomes a visit to his fifth All-Star Game in his seven-year profession. Nevertheless, the Tigers fell flat in 2015 and determined to flip Price on the commerce deadline to the Toronto Blue Jays for Daniel Norris, Matt Boydand so on Jairo Labourt. With the Blue Jays, Price continued to bully batters, pitching to a 9-1 document with a 2.30 ERA in 74 1/3 innings – ending the 12 months making a mixed 32 begins throughout each groups, with a 2.45 ERA in 220 1/3 innings and ending runner as much as Dallas Keuchel in that 12 months’s Cy Young voting.
Although nonetheless with out a lot playoff success, Price spun his nice profession and commanding contract-year efficiency into an enormous seven-year, $217MM contract with the Boston Red Sox and boldly stating that he “was simply saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox .” His first 12 months with Boston was tough, with Price posting a then-career worst ERA of three.99 in 230 innings, a far cry from the two.90 ERA he had posted throughout the 2012-2015 seasons. However, Price did make 35 begins, the best mark for a pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2010. Price then battled with numerous elbow accidents within the 2017 season, beginning the season on the injured listing and returning to it in late July earlier than returning in mid-September as a reliever to assist the Red Sox’s playoff run. Nevertheless, Price returned comparatively wholesome within the 2018 season, posting a 16-7 document in 176 innings (30 begins) with roughly profession common strikeout and stroll charges, 24.5% and 6.9%, respectively, en path to his first World Series ring. Most notably, Price was in a position to shake off his substandard playoff efficiency moniker, pitching to a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings (5 begins), hanging out 23 and solely strolling 12 because the Red Sox received the World Series for the fourth time in 15 seasons .
Price as soon as once more handled accidents within the 2019 season, first with left elbow tendonitis and later with a left wrist triangular fibrocartilage cyst that ended his season early. However, when wholesome, Price supplied strong back-of-the-rotation assist, pitching to a career-high 4.28 ERA in 107 1/3 innings. Importantly, Price started to lose effectiveness towards right-handed hitters, with righties slashing .257/.314/.460 for a .773 OPS in 2019 in comparison with a slash line of .234/.293/.402/.695 in 2019. After the 2019 season, new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom shocked the baseball world by sending Price and former MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in what was largely thought of a cost-cutting transfer. The commerce introduced Alex Verdugo, Connor Wongand so on Jeter Downs to the Red Sox.
Finally a Dodger, Price opted out of the COVID-shortened 2020 season earlier than returning in a primarily bullpen function for the primary time since 2008. He pitched to a palatable 4.03 ERA in 73 2/3 innings, showing in 39 video games. However, he posted a career-low Okay% of 17.8% in addition to a career-high BB% of 8.0% — seeing his common fastball velocity drop to 91.9 MPH. Additionally, whereas righties continued to sq. up the ball, posting a mixed .270/.330/.432 slash line good for .762 OPS, lefties additionally started hitting Price, leading to a .276/.353/.419 slash line with a .772 OPS – a far cry from the .210/.291/.381/.672 slash line Price gave as much as lefties within the 2018 season (his final full season).
The 2022 season has been a robust rebound bullpen 12 months for Price, with the southpaw posting a 2.58 ERA in 38 1/3 innings with a 23.3 Okay% and 5.0 BB%. With the Dodgers just lately securing a postseason berth, Price can look to chase yet one more coveted ring earlier than strolling off into the sundown on his phrases.
Price retires as a 5-time All-Star, Cy Young winner, and World Series Champion. For a five-to-six-year interval, he was among the many greatest pitchers within the sport. MLBTR congratulates him on his glorious run and successes, and needs him the perfect in retirement.
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