David Price Newsbeat
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Remember when the Red Sox didn’t believe in huge contracts for 30+ starting pitchers?
The main reason to be concerned, though, and what manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis kept coming back to on Saturday, was Price’s diminished velocity. He sat 92 with his fastball on Saturday — his lowest mark of what’s already been his lowest season on the radar gun.
“We just haven’t seen the velocity that he’s had before,” said Willis of a pitcher used to pitching 94 or 95 mph.
While Price’s velocity has been down in previous Aprils, it is down more this season than in any other, and it’s taking longer to rebound. Price, 30, is at a point in his career where velocity starts to dip more rapidly. He should recover some of his prior velocity as the weather gets warmer, but it’s possible, if not likely, that he won’t get all the way back to 95.
And at that reduced velocity, the margin for error for every pitch slims.
“He’s having to mix and change speeds,” Farrell said. “When you’ve got velocities in the mid- to upper-90s, you have a little more margin for error. That wasn’t the case [Saturday].”
Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 32 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Hanley will be OK at first base.
Hanley Ramirez can cross another challenge off his list.
Heading into spring training, Ramirez expressed trepidation at needing to reach across first base to tag a runner on an errant throw. He got that opportunity on Tuesday and made the play, snaring a high throw from third baseman Pablo Sandoval and slapping a tag on Rob Refsnyder in the fourth.
“Just let it happen,” Ramirez said after the game. “Just react. Let your instincts take over.”
Manager John Farrell credited Ramirez with making another play on a grounder down the line where he took a drop step, rather than getting caught in between.
“He’s doing the small things around the bag that are very encouraging,” Farrell said. “We talked about it before the game, the progress he’s making, the comfortable feeling he gives you playing the position. He’s in good shape right now. He likes playing there, he’s having fun and he’s doing well.”
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
For context, that would be less than half of the lowest team payroll from last season. But since this is just for fun, any player from any club is up for grabs. The only rule is that their 2016 salaries must add up to less than $30 million. As it turns out, putting together a high-quality roster in this scenario is not terribly difficult, thanks to the great wealth of talented young players in today’s game who have yet to sign their first significant contract.
But before we get to one version of such a team, a couple of quick notes:
1. For all pre-arbitration players who have not signed extensions, $550,000 was used as an approximate salary figure. In 2015, the league minimum was $507,500, and teams typically give players very modest raises each year before arbitration.
2. Projections from MLB Trade Rumors, marked below by asterisks, were used for arbitration-eligible players.
Now, let’s get to it.
Monday, December 07, 2015
Pretty good recounting of the negotiation process.
Price’s market was down to five teams. According to a major league source, the Red Sox were the lone AL bidder, while the lefthander received offers from the Giants, Dodgers, Cubs, and Cardinals.
McKinnis approached the Sox with a counterproposal last Monday evening. But based on the state of the bids that day — with the Red Sox at $200 million — it wasn’t clear that Price was going to sign with Boston. Indeed, the pitcher appeared to be leaning toward the Cardinals, who had a $180 million bid on the table and had given the impression that they might be willing to up the ante.
“[St. Louis] was the direction we were going in. They were being quite aggressive with us. They were anxious to move forward,” said McKinnis. “It had nothing to do with liking or disliking the Red Sox. It was more just the courtship by the Cardinals.”
On Tuesday, Casey Close, the representative for Greinke, informed the Sox that the righthander wanted to know if the Sox planned to make a formal offer.
Not yet. Dombrowski demonstrated what one team official characterized as “tunnel vision,” wanting to see if he could bring Plan A to a successful resolution before pivoting if necessary to Plan B.
And so, on Tuesday morning the Red Sox upped their bid to $210 million. As McKinnis and Price discussed the offer, they saw a finish line.
Posted: December 07, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
Saturday, December 05, 2015
It’s a horrible risk. It’s his money, though.
But then John Henry turned serious, his voice reflecting the gravity of the $217 million philosophical pivot he’d made in signing Cy Young Award runner-up David Price to the richest contract in the history of the Red Sox.
“There are exceptions to any rule,” Henry said. “Certainly, this is one of the most exceptional pitchers.”
“In this year, at this time, we know that we’re going to be strong going forward,” Henry said. “The one place we really had a need for was at the top of the rotation.”
“Philosophically, we all understand that with certain lengths of contracts, there’s a great deal of risk involved,” Dombrowski said. “If you’re going to go out and sign a legitimate No. 1 starter, you’re going to have to be in a position to give the length of contract that we did. We analyzed it. We took the best risk we possibly can.”
Posted: December 05, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 14 comment(s)
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Gomes said this part of the equation will have be part of evolution that Price endures as a member of the Red Sox. But, as the outfielder explained, the 30-year-old has at least shown the ability to adapt throughout what has now been an eight-year big league career.
“He’s the new-age, young, hip player, with the social media and Twitter deal off the field. I don’t do any of it, but it’s just how these guys came up,” Gomes said. “It’s what they know. It’s their baby. They’re all attached to it. To me, that’s no harm, no foul. But I’m telling you from the day he got called up on September 1 in ‘08, truly every pitch, every inning, every outing, he has improved. That’s really, really hard to do. It’s hard to stay in the big leagues. Not only are you going against the best in the world on the other side, you have the best in the world with hitting coaches and pitching coaches. Then you have anywhere between five and 15 guys with pen and paper trying to figure out how to get you out. It’s not talent on talent, by any means. So to watch this guy improve, add pitches to his repertoire, not take a step back, is extremely impressive and rare.
“Since the report came out he was coming to Boston, I’m sure his followers even went more sky high. Anything you do every single day, whether it’s your craft, whether it’s parenting, being a boyfriend or husband, you’re going to make mistakes. How big a mistake is it going to be? Can you fix it? And can you be accountable for it?”
Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
Simply put, teams just have way, way more money to throw around now than they ever did before. Every single year, it seems, we’re stunned by how much money clubs are willing to shell out for the biggest names on the open market. The idea of paying an older version of David Price $31 million a year from 2019-2022 sounds ridiculous to us now, but that’s only because we haven’t yet seen the contracts his colleagues will sign between now and then. If Price stays healthy for the next three seasons, there’s a reasonable chance he, too, will opt out of the final years of his deal for an even bigger free-agent windfall.
Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Price was wrong for Toronto.
Would the Toronto Blue Jays have signed David Price if Alex Anthopoulos were still making the team’s baseball decisions?
We can’t say it’s terribly likely, because it’s difficult to imagine the Jays matching Boston’s winning bid of $217 million over seven years.
But this much is known: Toronto would have offered Price a contract.
Sources say Anthopoulos began laying the groundwork to do so in August, before Mark Shapiro was named the team’s new president and CEO. Price, sources say, had genuine interest in returning to Toronto.
Ultimately, Anthopoulos rejected a five-year offer to remain the team’s general manager once it became clear he would no longer have the decision-making authority he enjoyed under former club president Paul Beeston.
Subsequently, Shapiro opted not to offer Price a contract. Shapiro determined that the team’s rotation dollars should be distributed among multiple starters (Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ and Jesse Chavez) rather than a single ace. Price’s average annual value of $31 million is roughly equivalent to what Estrada, Happ and Chavez will earn in 2016.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
A very interesting take by Alex Speier.
Ultimately, the Red Sox are making a huge commitment, but they’re not simply making that commitment to the best pitcher available – a sometimes less-than-impressive pool – but instead to someone who is unquestionably one of the best pitchers in the game. For such a pitcher, in the aftermath of a second last-place finish in as many years, the team elected to spend, a sign of the staggering resources that have been made available by Red Sox owners to Dombrowski to address the team’s deficiencies.
It’s a deal that guarantees nothing. Starting with Brown’s landmark deal, 11 pitchers prior to Price have set a record for average annual salary. Just two of those pitchers – CC Sabathia in 2009, Barry Zito in 2010 (when he wasn’t part of the postseason rotation) and 2012 – have been on World Series winners.
Some of those record contracts (Mike Hampton, Johan Santana) were greeted with considerable fanfare and concluded as franchise-derailing albatrosses. The Red Sox understand that history. They were willing to bet on Price as an outlier.
That willingness suggests that the Red Sox are operating from a different vantage point than they were when they seemed almost relieved at times that they didn’t re-sign lefthander Jon Lester to a contract that might have represented around half of what the team is committing to Price. But by all indications, they can afford this risk.
The Red Sox have crossed a momentous contractual threshold. It will be years before the wisdom and success of the deal can be judged.
But despite the sticker shock that inevitably greets a record contract, it seems fair to suggest that the Sox’ first foray into a nine-figure commitment for a pitcher won’t remain the pitching gold standard forever, or even for the life of his contract. The game, as Colletti noted, continues to move forward.
Posted: December 02, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 25 comment(s)
Data worth considering.
Although it’s rare to see a pitcher dominate in his late 30s, it’s certainly not unheard of. But what was hard for so many of these players wasn’t remaining relevant in “old age.” It was sticking around at all.
Star pitchers are rare, and given their ability to significantly impact their teams, they’ve become highly demanded—and thus highly compensated. If Price is able to avoid injury and stay around the big leagues for another decade or so, it’s not crazy to think he’s worth the eye-popping numbers found in his contract. However, even star pitchers tend to gradually regress and drop out of baseball altogether by the time they’ve hit their mid-to-late-30s. What may end up determining whether Price lives up to his salary figures is whether he’s able to actually play all the way through the seven-year contract.
Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
The Boston Red Sox have found their ace.
The team has reportedly reached an agreement with free agent pitcher David Price on a seven-year, $217-million deal according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.
Price will fit in nicely at the front of Boston’s rotation, a void that plagued the team during the 2015 season.
Price is coming off an impressive 2015 campaign where he went 18-5 with an AL-leading 2.45 ERA in 32 starts for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. After being traded to Toronto at the trade deadline, the lefty ace went 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.009 WHIP in 11 starts down the stretch the help the Jays win the AL East.
Posted: December 01, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 187 comment(s)
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