The Dodgers were in a fortunate position in 2020 where they could survive David Price opting out. Price wanted to protect the health and safety of his family, so he ultimately decided that he would sit things out until the COVID-19 situation got more manageable.
Despite not necessarily needing Price in their run to the World Series, he was missed. Price obviously brings a level of talent on the field that is not easy to find around baseball. But it might be his clubhouse presence that Los Angeles needed most.
In a call with Dodgers media on Sunday, Kershaw talked about the addition of Price this season. For him, adding Price doesn’t just add to their talent on the field but also makes a huge difference in the clubhouse as well.
DP is just a top-tier starter. So to have another guy like that added to a rotation along with Trevor is just amazing. I haven’t gotten to see his bullpens yet but I’ve heard he’s throwing the ball unbelievably…We got to see it a little bit last year but he’s also one of the better clubhouse guys, better teammates in the game. So I think that’s huge to have another guy that can bring people together and help guys out when they need it is a huge asset.
It has been a long time since David Price was at the top of his game. A series of injuries and setbacks have made it difficult for him to even get through full seasons most years. But with a full healthy year of rest under his belt, the Dodgers could very well get one of the best versions of him in 2021.
The Dodgers are projected to have Price in the starting rotation in 2021. Between him, Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Trevor Bauer, there is just one more spot available in the rotation. Dave Roberts has already said that they will mix guys in and out all year to keep them fresh.
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