David Price will retire after the 2022 season

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Former Cy Young winner and two-time runner-up, david price plans to retire after the 2022 season, announced by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Price said “it’s just time” and that “my whole body aches.”

Price, now 37, was originally drafted in the 19the round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but chose to attend the Vanderbilt University baseball factory. As a junior, he posted an 11-1 record with a 2.63 ERA in 133 1/3 innings, striking out 194 batters in the process and winning college baseball’s highest honor, the Dick Howser Trophy.

After his dominant college career, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now known as the Tampa Bay Rays) selected him first overall in 2007 and gave him an $11.25 million, six-year contract, with the second-highest signing bonus greatest in MLB history. of $5.6MM. Price quickly rose through the minor league ranks and made his major league debut in September 2008, helping the Rays to the postseason and, interesting trivia alert, earning a postseason victory before a victory in the regular season.

Price would then spend his next 5 1/2 seasons tormenting the American League with the Rays, pitching a commanding 3.19 ERA in 1,129 2/3 innings with an 82-48 record and helping Tampa Bay make the playoffs in 2010. , 2011 and 2013. During this period, Price was a three-time All-Star (2010, 2011 and 2012), finishing second in the 2010 Cy Young against Felix Hernandezand came out justin verlander in 2012 for the AL Cy Young Award, pitching to a 2.56 ERA in 211 innings with a 20-5 record, earning some MVP votes in the process.

However, at the 2014 trade deadline with the team under .500, the Rays opted to trade Price to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal that brought back drew smyly, nick franklinY Willy Adams and sent Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners. This Tigers team, led by three current Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander, Max Scherzerand Price, and accompanied by the future Cy Young winner in Rick Porcellohe barely took the AL Central Division from the Royals and was swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 ALDS.

After the 2014 season, Price and the Tigers avoided arbitration and agreed to a $19.75 million salary for the 2015 season, setting a record for the largest one-year contract for an arbitration-eligible player. Price proved he was worth every penny, continuing his dominance in 2015 with a 2.53 ERA in 146 innings and earning a trip to his fifth All-Star game in his seven-year career. However, the Tigers fizzled out in 2015 and decided to trade Price at the trade deadline to the Toronto Blue Jays for Daniel Norris, matt boydY jairo labourt. With the Blue Jays, Price continued to intimidate hitters, pitching to a 9-1 record with a 2.30 ERA over 74 1/3 innings, finishing the year with a combined 32 starts for both teams, posting a 2.45 ERA over 220 1 /3 entries and runner-up to dallas keuchel in Cy Young voting that year.

Though he hasn’t had much playoff success yet, Price parlayed his breakout run and dominant performance of the contract year into a massive, seven-year, $217 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, stating in bold that he was “just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox. .” His first year with Boston was rough, with Price posting a career-worst 3.99 ERA over 230 innings, a far cry from the 2.90 ERA he had posted during the 2012-2015 seasons. However, Price did make 35 starts, the highest market for a pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2010. Price then battled various elbow injuries in the 2017 season, starting the season on the disabled list and returning in late July before returning in mid-September as a reliever to help the Red Sox reach the playoffs. However, Price returned relatively healthy in the 2018 season, posting a 16-7 record in 176 innings (30 starts) with strikeout and walk rates roughly average for his career, 24.5% and 6.9%, respectively, en route to his first World Series ring. In particular, Price was able to shed his underperforming playoff moniker, pitching with a 3.46 ERA over 26 innings (5 starts), striking out 23 and walking just 12 as the Red Sox won the World Series for the fourth time. once in 15 seasons. .

Price once again dealt with injuries in the 2019 season, first with tendinitis in his left elbow and then a triangular fibrocartilage cyst in his left wrist that ended his season early. However, when he was healthy, Price provided solid support at the back of the rotation, pitching a career-high 4.28 ERA over 107 1/3 innings. Importantly, Price began to lose effectiveness against right-handed hitters, with right-handers slashing .257/.314/.460 for a .773 OPS in 2019 compared to a .234/.293/.402 line cut. /.695 in 2019 Following the 2019 season, new Director of Baseball Chaim Bloom shocked the baseball world by sending Price and former MVP mookie betting to the Los Angeles Dodgers in what was largely considered a cost-cutting move. The trade brought Alex Verdugo, Connor WongY jeter down to the Red Sox.

Finally a Dodger, Price opted out of the COVID-shortened 2020 season before returning to a primarily bullpen role for the first time since 2008. He pitched with a passable 4.03 ERA in 73 2/3 innings, appearing in 39 games. . However, he posted a career-low 17.8% K% as well as a career-high 8.0% BB% and saw the average fastball velocity drop from him at 91.9 MPH. Also, while the righties continued to frame the ball, posting a combined .270/.330/.432 slash line good for a .762 OPS, the lefties also began to hit Price, resulting in a . 276/.353/.419 with a .772 OPS: A far cry from the .210/.291/.381/.672 cutoff Price gave up to lefties in 2018 (his last full season).

The 2022 season has been a strong rebounding year for Price, with the southpaw posting a 2.58 ERA in 38 1/3 innings at 23.3 K% and 5.0 BB%. With the Dodgers recently clinching a postseason berth, Price may be looking for one more coveted ring before going into the sunset on his terms.

Price retires as a 5-time All-Star, Cy Young winner and World Series champion. For a period of five to six years, he was among the best pitchers in the game. MLBTR congratulates him on his excellent performance and successes, and wishes him well in his retirement.

Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.

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