Finn: Price Shouldn't Have Signed With Red Sox

David Price is "wallowing in misery" in Boston, Chad Finn says

Ferrall On The Bench
May 17, 2018 - 4:30 pm

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In December 2015, David Price signed a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Boston Red Sox.

It’s been mostly downhill ever since.

“He shouldn’t have come here in the first place because he didn’t really want to,” Boston Globe columnist Chad Finn said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Dave Dombrowksi, who had him in Detroit, got him from Tampa Bay and knew him well, thought it work, so they blew everybody else out of the water with their offer. I guess he felt like he couldn’t say no to the money, but he should have known his history here with Boston, it really wasn’t going to get better unless he got off to a fantastic start in 2016. It didn’t.”

Price went 3-0 in April 2016 but posted a 5.76 ERA, allowing 30 hits in 29 and 2/3 innings. He then went 4-1 with a 4.62 ERA in May 2016 before going a combined 2-6 in June and July.

It was ugly.

“He was terrible that first month,” Finn said. “He ended up wining 17 games that season, but fans got a bad impression of him already – and he kind of came in with one because he had gotten into it with David Ortiz in the postseason. A couple times he struggled against the Red Sox in the playoffs. Sox fans didn’t really have a good image of him anyway.”

Price finished that year 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA. He went 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 starts in 2017 and is off to a bad start in 2018: 3-4 with a career-worst 4.89 ERA through eight outings.

“What he should have done was taken the Cardinals’ offer, which was second-best and a perfect place for him,” Finn said. “They’re kind and gentle baseball fans out there, at least compared to the East Coast. It would have been a better fit for him, but instead, he’s wallowing in misery here for year three now.”

The Red Sox (29-14) are 12-12 since their 17-2 start and trail the Yankees (28-12) by a half game in the AL East. 

Price will start Thursday at home against Baltimore. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET.

“David Price continues to be an enigma here,” Finn said “You have no idea what you’re getting from him from start to start, but it’s not going to be $31 million worth of performance, that’s for sure."