The Red Sox have nabbed one of free agency's two best starting pitchers. Boston agreed to a seven-year, $217 million deal with left-hander David Price, FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal confirmed Tuesday.
Confirmed: Price deal with #RedSox is seven years, $217M. No deferred money. Three-year opt-out.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2015
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Deal for David Price, as reported by @PeteAbe, would be seventh highest in baseball history and highest for a pitcher. Seven years, $217M.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2015
Price deal with #RedSox is pending a physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2015
Price, 30, gives Boston the ace its rotation needs after a patchwork group led to a last-place finish in the AL East. The deal kicks off Dave Dombrowski's tenure as the team's new president of baseball operations in a big way.
Price had one of the best seasons of his eight-year career in 2015, going 18-5 with 225 strikeouts over 220 1/3 innings with the Tigers and Blue Jays. His 2.45 ERA led the American League, and he finished second in the AL Cy Young Award voting.
In his eight-season major-league career, Price is 104-56 with a 3.09 ERA and an 8.6 K/9 ratio. He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012 and is a five-time All-Star.