Last week when David Price posted a clip of him throwing with intent at his home, it sparked a reminder for some. The Dodgers also got David Price in that Mookie Betts trade. After sitting out the 2020 season amid covid concerns, the former AL Cy Young award winner sent a signal to the league that he is back.
Or at least that’s the plan.
Notably, the left-hander mentioned that he was impressed with the way baseball handled the pandemic season in 2020, alluding to a level of comfort that could or should lead to his return this coming season. And with that, as fans brave a slow offseason hot stove, is a reminder that, with Price set to join the rotation, he can be looked at as a big winter upgrade for the defending world champion Dodgers.
Moreover, that was a topic of discussion on a recent episode of SportsNet LA’s “Access Dodgers” show. The panel of analyst Jerry Hairston, OC Register beat writer Bill Plunkett, and anchor John Hartung talked about the addition of Price for 2021.
“He’s another ace,” said Hairston. “He’ll be our third starter behind Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler and he is our third ace. He is a big time pitcher. He’s won a World Series. And he’s well-rested — and another guy that you’re going to bring into the clubhouse and he’s gonna be motivated because, you know what, ‘these guys won a World Series without me. I want to make sure I show my value and my worth and I do not want to be that weak link.’ So I believe we’re going to get the best out of David Price.”
Last week Price said that his plan is to “be there for spring training,” which is less than a month away. While the Dodgers are reportedly still kicking the tires on free-agent right-hander Trevor Bauer, coming out of the offseason adding Price to a rotation that posted the best starters ERA in the National League in 2020 isn’t a bad consolation prize.
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