Is the Price Right?

It feels like just yesterday 30-year-old David Price was entering the MLB. First overall pick out of Vanderbilt University, Price has been around the league for about nine years now (counting the minor leagues). He’s played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, and Toronto Blue Jays in his nine-year career thus far. After signing a record (at the time) 7-year, $217 million contract this past offseason, Price looks for a fresh start in the city of Boston.

The news was shocking. Everybody was talking about it. David Price signing a $30 million a year contract with the Boston Red Sox was something people weren’t expecting, especially myself. I remember eating dinner and my jaw just dropping when I looked at my Twitter feed and saw the news. It was crazy. The Red Sox got a starting pitcher they so badly needed. But after soaking it all in, you start to think about it. 30 million dollars? For seven years? That’s a lot of money. I’m not saying David isn’t a great pitcher or taking anything away from him, but was he worth all that money?

In his eight years as an MLB pitcher, he has a win-loss percentage of .650 (104-56). He has an ERA of 3.09 and 1,372 total strikeouts. He’s also won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012.

Those are great stats for an eight-year regular-season career, but then we look at his postseason stats. He has a win-loss percentage of .222 (2-7) and an ERA of 5.12. He’s allowed 62 hits and 59 strikeouts in 63.1 innings pitched.

The Red Sox found an ace that can finally win them games, but did they really fix the real issue? David Price is only one pitcher, and they didn’t really fix their pitching rotation that much. Their next best options are Clay Buchholz, who put up a 3.26 ERA last season, Rick Porcello, who put up a 4.92 ERA last season, and Eduardo Rodriguez, who is coming off his rookie season with a 3.85 ERA.

David Price will win plenty of games for the Red Sox, but what about the other guys? That’s where the 30 million dollars is starting to make little sense to me. Instead of giving all the money to Price, why not go out and get a few solid pitchers that can still win games for the Red Sox?

I feel the Sox panicked. The opportunity to finally get their ace was handed to them and they were willing to pay Price all that money so that they didn’t have to fear another team signing him. Good for Price making all that money, but will it work out in the end for the Red Sox? I sure hope it does.

I hope David Price finally found his home in Boston and will help lead the Red Sox to win another World Series in David Ortiz’s final season.

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