David Price agreed to a 7-year, $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, and yes, that will make him one of the highest-paid players in the sport.
(NFL and NBA players are going to see this and soon after that, you’ll see headlines about how they should strike to get MLB money.)
On the surface, this is of course crazy. You need pitching more than anything to get to the World Series, but he’s essentially getting $31 million this year, and if he makes 31 starts … you can do the math. Price’s postseason struggles have been well-documented.
Price got $2 million more than Clayton Kershawn ($215 million), and last season with the Tigers and Blue Jays, he finished 2nd in the AL Cy Young voting. He won the award in 2012 when he went 20-5 with the Rays. Price knows the AL East and has had success there, but this does seem like absolute lunacy to give a 30-year old pitcher this kind of deal.
According to Las Vegas, The Red Sox moved from 18-1 to win the World Series to 12-1, so there’s that.