Thursday, November 01, 2018 1:00 am
Price opts to stay put in Boston
BOSTON – Three days after a World Series victory that transformed him from a postseason flop to an October hero, Red Sox left-hander David Price said at the team's victory parade Wednesday that he would stay in Boston rather than opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
“I'm not going anywhere,” Price said on the field at Fenway Park before boarding a duck boat for the ride through the city. “I came here to win, and we did that this year. That was very special and I want to do it again.”
Price will earn $127 million over the next four years, the remainder of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed before the 2016 season that gave him the right to opt out after the third year. It remains the richest contract ever for a pitcher.
“There wasn't any reconsideration on my part, ever,” Price said.
The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, Price has gone 31-19 with a 3.74 ERA in three seasons in Boston but until this year never had any success in the playoffs.He had never won a postseason start in his career – a 0-9 record in his first 10 tries – but was 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA this postseason and 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance against the Dodgers.
This is the fourth title in 15 years for the Red Sox, who went the previous 86 years without winning it all, and the 11th championship for the city since the New England Patriots won their first of five Super Bowls in February 2002.
Price, who shared a neon yellow ride with pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, was cheered through the city on a sunny day with temperatures in the mid-40s.
One of the team's championship trophies and team manager Alex Cora were hit by flying cans of beer that Boston fans have made a practice in recent years of offering sports heroes during such parades, but neither was seriously injured and it didn't take any varnish off the shine of the overall celebration.
The Cubs exercised their $10.5 million option on pitcher Jose Quintana. The 29-year-old left-hander was 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 32 starts in his first full season with Chicago. Also, reliever Brandon Kintzler picked up his $5 million player option to stay with the Cubs. ... Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to extend the deadline on his option decision until Friday. ... Outfielder Leonys Martin agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with Cleveland. ... Closer Trevor Rosenthal agreed in principle to a contract with Washington. ... Brett Gardner, 35, is staying with the New York Yankees as the outfielder agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract. ... The Baseball Hall of Fame acquired another group of artifacts from the postseason. Among the items to go on display are a bat used by World Series MVP Steve Pearce in Game 4, a jersey worn by Price in Game 5, game-worn glasses used by Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly during the postseason, a cap and spikes worn by Eovaldi throughout the World Series, the ball-strike indicator used by home plate umpire Ted Barrett during Game 3 – the longest game in World Series history – and a hoodie worn by Cora.