The Boston Red Sox have found their ace and the Toronto Blue Jays are back on the market looking for theirs. David Price decided to sign on with the Red Sox this week almost a year since their former ace Jon Lester went to the Chicago Cubs as a free agent.
Seeing Price go to a division rival may seem like a big blow to the Blue Jays but really it is not. Price had not been at his best when it matters the most, in the playoffs. Had he won all of his starts and be as dominant as he was in the regular season, plus if Alex Anthopoulos was still the General Manager, I don’t think the Blue Jays would hesitate in making Price an offer. But unless he continues to pitch out of the bullpen in the postseason, I’m not sure he was worth breaking the bank over.
There is a reason why there was so much attention paid towards Marco Estrada. Unlike Price, Estrada has pitched well in the playoffs and nearly lifted the Blue Jays to a come-from-behind series victory over the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series. Estrada may be a .500 pitcher and at best a number three starter in the rotation but his performance in the playoffs was why he scored big in free agency. JA Happ is another pitcher that is cut from the same cloth. If he gets 2 or 3 postseason wins, no one will question his signing.
Clayton Kershaw is another star pitcher who has floundered in the playoffs. It may not seem fair but athletes are judged when it matters most. Dan Marino, Charles Barkley, Eric Lindros, all three have had great careers in their respective sports but I would bet all would trade in their accolades for a championship ring.
I’m sure Price will do well for the Red Sox. I don’t think his first impression in Boston will not be like the one he had in Toronto. Regardless, it will be interesting to see if Boston makes the playoffs in 2016. Then we’ll see if Price was worth the money.