The Dodgers landing Mookie Betts in a trade with the Red Sox was easily one of the best moves last offseason. But the addition of David Price in the deal might have been the most underrated move that the team made.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers and David Price, the coronavirus had other plans for 2020. Price ultimately chose to opt-out of the season at Summer Camp for the safety of his family. While we were all very understanding of his decision, it did take away from the rotation potential.
And now, heading into the 2021 season, there are still question marks surround Price. Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman gave some input on his situation to The Athletic this week, and it sounds like DP is ready to go.
It’s hard to say without putting eyes on him. But, just knowing David and knowing his work ethic and the type of competitor he is, we could easily look back at the end of the 2020 season and feel like him taking this blow put him in the best position to go out in 2021 and be really good. Talking to him, he’s eager to get back out and help his teammates get a ring and excited about what’s ahead.
If Price is planning on playing during the 2021 season, it drastically changes the Dodgers strategy. Without him, the likelihood of the team being in on a starting either this offseason would be much higher. Instead, they will be able to slot Price in right behind Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler.
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