By MyFM's Jake Archer - Well, we finally have some good news out of the Red Sox offseason and it comes from an unlikely source in David Price. The big lefty told the Boston Globe that he isn't thinking about using the opt-out clause in his contract after the 2018 season and denied that he does not like Boston. "I came here to win," Price said. "We need to take it two steps further than we have the last two years and build something more special. I want to win here."
Okay, so you may not be a fan of David Price and if you aren't I can't blame you. I don't even know if I am, but I do know that this guy has the ability to be a shutdown ace and I am rooting for that because I want the Red Sox to be great. They cannot be great unless Price steps up and forms the best 1-2 punch in baseball with Chris Sale. So I'll forgive his off-field whining and I'll look past the fact that he hasn't panned out exactly how we wanted yet because I am going to ride with him while he's here. If he can turn his attitude around and say things like he told the Globe, that's just icing on the cake.
Of course, this could all be lip service and Price could just be trying to get through the year unscathed before jumping ship but for now I will choose to buy in to what he's saying. He ended last year on a high note with some great pitching and I'm looking forward to him being fully healthy and picking up where he left off, only in the starting rotation. I'll give him a clean slate and allow him to perform and win me over in 2018. He knows that is all he has to do. "If I go out there and pitch well, I'll get the fans back," he told the Globe. "I can do whatever I want off the field, but if I go out and pitch the way I'm capable of pitching, they won't care."
Well David, let's not say you can do anything off the field, but yes we do have a pretty high tolerance for shenanigans if you just win games. So we'll see how all of that goes. Anyway, here are some other interesting nuggets from the piece about Price...
- He's been one of the first guys working out at JetBlue Park because he lives in nearby Naples. His arm and elbow feel great and he credits the swtich to the bullpen late last year for helping that.
- He wishes the whole fiasco with Dennis Eckersley did not happen last year and that he handled it differently. I'd hope so.
- He says he and Sale will take it a bit easier in Spring Training to preserve their arms but he'll be ready to go for opening series in Tampa Bay.
- He says he has tried too hard and been too competitive once he sees a batter in the box for BP every spring and that he needs to tone that down and focus on not overthrowing. I can appreciate that because we don't need him to be striking out minor leaguers in camp exhibition games, we need him come October.
- He is happy to have Alex Cora as manager and has met with him Fort Myers along with other players.
- Price has talked to former teammate JD Martinez about coming to Boston and would welcome another bat, but likes what the team has now.
- Though he is impressed with the Yankees offseason, he stills sees the Red Sox as the team to beat based on winning the last two AL East titles.
It was great to hear from Price and it certainly makes baseball seem a lot closer. We're not far off from the season and I'll be rooting for him to have his best season in Boston yet.