Happy Fourth of July everyone, we have some news to report. The Dodgers had previously said that they did not expect anyone to opt-out of the season, but that appears to have changed.
David Price announced that he has chosen to sit out the 2020 season. Price cited the health and safety of his family for reasons as to sitting out the season, and understandably so.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price has opted out of playing in 2020. pic.twitter.com/CzMEqVesY5
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 4, 2020
The good news for the Dodgers is that they have plenty of depth to account for the loss of Price in the rotation. Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Ross Stripling, and Jimmy Nelson all represent possible replacements for him.
The Dodgers issued the following statement in the hours after Price made the announcement.
Dodgers fans have gotten to know Price well over the last couple of weeks, as he has been in the news cycle fairly often. He made headlines last month when he committed to pay minor league players $1000 each out of his own pocket in order to help them get through the baseball hiatus.
The Dodgers acquired Price in a trade with the Red Sox that landed them Mookie Betts back in February. Price had two years left on his contract after the 2020 season. This story is developing.