Time is running out for David Price to return to the Red Sox, and manager John Farrell conceded today that it would be “aggressive” to bring Price back as a starting pitcher in 2017, Evan Drellich of CSN New England writes. Farrell suggested that Price would require at least one more simulated game before being ready to start. The skipper alluded to the possibility of giving Price a fairly short start and allowing the expanded bullpen to cover whatever innings are needed beyond that point, though he noted that no decision has been made. “[T]hese are things we have to sit down and discuss and determine what’s best for him.” As for Price himself, he told reporters that, more than anything else, he just wants to get back onto a Major League mound regardless of his role: “I just want to pitch. Whatever it is, that’s fine.”
A bit more from the American League…
- Astros righty Lance McCullers was scratched from tonight’s game due to arm fatigue, as MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart writes. His inability to go has already proven costly, as the Angels jumped onto spot starter Mike Fiers for five runs in the first inning. McCullers indicated that he feels “fine” and the decision wasn’t his, and manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that he’s not overly concerned about McCullers’ health. Houston has the division all but clinched even with some recent struggles, but obviously any uncertainty surrounding McCullers’ health with the postseason looming would be an ominous sign for the eventual AL West champs.
- Miguel Sano’s return from a stress reaction in his left shin has been slow to progress, though the Twins slugger did some running drills Monday and took batting practice Tuesday, as Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes. If and when Sano is ready to return — which could come in the next week, per Graff — it’s likely that he’ll be back in the lineup as the designated hitter. Manager Paul Molitor told reporters that he’s more concerned about the absence of Sano’s bat from the lineup than he is about his ability to return to the hot corner. The Twins are 11-10 in Sano’s absence, Graff points out, though certainly the Twins must be eager for the return of Sano’s .267/.356/.514 batting line and 28 homers as they look to hang onto the American League’s second Wild Card slot.
- Orioles manager Buck Showalter tells Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun that he’s spoken at length with pitching coach Roger McDowell to develop a plan for young right-hander Miguel Castro. While Castro has delivered solid run-prevention numbers in a multi-inning relief role, Showalter acknowledged that there’s been “a lot” of thought put into the possibility of Castro starting. “Like all of young pitchers, they are precious commodities and we want to make good decisions about them,” said Showalter. “Because we don’t have many to pick from right now.” Since a scoreless six-inning relief appearance on Aug. 3, Castro has posted a pristine 2.37 ERA through 30 1/3 innings. He’s limited opponents to a meager 18.8 percent hard-contact rate in that time but has also logged an ugly 19-to-15 K/BB ratio.
Price needs to prepare himself for a 2 to 3 inning bullpen roll to back up Fister… do that or just go home. Doesnt deserve to get a shot to start
Price and many of the 2015 offseason contracts were really bad. My idea of a 3 team trade. Giants get Jayson Heyward. Red Sox get Cueto and Span. Cubs get Price. Just for fun
No thanks. Heyward’ s defense makes him more valuable to the Cubs than having another bad Starter.
I feel ya but price under maddon and the cubs would be a lot better imo.
Hey dodgerfan-if your man Kershaw was injured and ineffective would any other team want him? Now if Kershaws contract was as rich and long as Price’s how attractive would that be?
In top of it, if Kershaw picked on say Sandy Koufax how would you feel?
Price is washed up. This year is over. Throw away the $30 or so million. He needs TJ surgery. So Mr. Sulking is going to miss 2018 as well.
Why has it taken so long with all of this rehab stuff? I mean on the Mets this would make sense right?
Price had an opt out clause written into the contract. He hates Boston and the vocal fans and media. He wanted to opt out, however would need to prove that he is healthy.
Theo is no dummy. Price is stuck in Beantown. No opt out possible. Too bad about next season, huh?
Please stop with the “but his defense” stuff…his contract was ridiculous.
Doesn’t change the fact that he provides value still and isn’t a total waste.
True..Panda was the total waste.
Not for long.
Agree with you thegreatcerealfamine….there are quite a few major league ballplayers playing that can offer the same defense at far more economical dollars. A WAY OVERPAY!
You make the big bucks for offense + defense, not defense and average offense.
Defense overrated. Any major league ball player can make the same plays Heyward makes in right field. Overpay for sure.
Overpay- yes. Overrated- no
As far as his offense apparently he is.
You can’t be a dodger fan and talk bad about other bad contracts, your brain trust keeps going. Maybe if you have 200 m more $, you would only make 10 add mistakes to a club that was already put together
Your a joke. Learn about what your talking about. Dodgers have handed out 1 100 million dollar deal to a free agent recently and that was greinke. Was scott kazmir a bust? absolutely. But thats only 48 million which is nothing to eat. How about Cueto, samardzija and cains massive deals that have backfired. Get a new hobby trolling isnt your thing. Guess what im allowed to have an opinion. Enjoy paying samardjzia 18 million a year for the next 3 years. All the dodgers bad contracts are expiring very soon
I agree that the Dodgers have done a good job recently (under Friedman and co.) of avoiding bad contracts, but…
Oh, to be a fan of a team that can say “only 48MM which is nothing to eat.”
Instead of a 3 team trade, maybe try getting rid of your own bad contracts, need more $?
He will go down as one of if not they worst signing in Red Sox history he just can’t handle the spotlight
Price can still be a somewhat productive player. Pablo gets that honor
Somewhat productive for that long of a
Pablo was paid for that contract because he proved multiple times that he contributed when the games mattered.
Price has been a ghost in the post season.
The Sox let Trader Dave get his man. Look at the other legacy contracts that he left behind in Detroit. Price is the same thing.
pablo sandoval has that award locked up
hard to beat, but I’ll give that award to Castillo… 72 millions for 28 years old AAA player.
I think it beats that prima donna with bad playoffs history and a fatty 3rd base
Even though his history says that he’d be the best man for the job, I’m sure that the Red Sox can find someone to lose a playoff game without activating Price.
Red sox – David Price – Eckersley
Its a marriage made in heaven!!
Twins fans don’t care about Sano and his lack of work ethic anymore. Eddie Rosario is the TRUE star and the future of the team. If Sano wants to grow out his dreadlocks, gain weight, live in New York in the offseason, and try to be the next Jay-Z, more power to him; but if he’d like to be a productive Major Leaguer, he really needs to get his act in gear and step it up a FEW notches. Prove to the FANS that he cares.
You mad b/c Sano is WAYYY more talented than you are??? It’s Ok, it’s NOT that serious.
The guy has 28hrs, hitting 30pts higher than last year and was singlehandedly carry the team b4 getting hurt, so b4 spewing your nonsense, try leaving your bubble and check into reality. Btw…..he doesn’t need to prove ANYTHING to the you, or the fans.
Somebody give Castro a start. This year. Simply cannot be worse than Ubaldo or Tillman.
If they started Castro, they would not be able to expect more than, say, four innings out of him. No argument that he would likely be better than Tillman or Jimenez, but you’d need a plan of Castro + Bleier + Asher to get you through seven innings and then see what is happening. In an emergency it’s an ok plan, but for a team that hasn’t conceded yet it’s a non-starter.
All that being said, I’d like to see the team consider Castro as a starter next year. Castro’s walk rate is in line with what he’s always done, majors or minors. His k-rate is lower than his normal. However, if you look at Dylan Bundy’s first 11 starts of this season (all 6.0 IP or more), he struck out 3 or fewer SEVEN times. Castro has swing and miss stuff. He’s young and needs to learn some things, but I have little doubt that he can develop into a very good starter, so long as he can figure out how to go 6+ innings each time. Unfortunately, he has a lot of practice coming in after guys who can’t do that (Tillman, Ubaldo, Miley).
It’s not very typical for a pitcher who used to strike batters out to just forget how to do it though. His AA punchout numbers are worse than what he’s posted at the ML level. I think it’s a huge stretch to have little doubt he can be an effective mlb starter. Guys don’t go from a relief role to a starting role and put up better numbers. It just doesn’t happen. I understand he’s young and can develop but his K numbers are going the wrong way and if you don’t have an outpitch you aren’t going to get through the lineup a 3rd time. He’s averaged near a K per ip as a 1 inning reliever in the minors and he had good K numbers as a low minors starter but that is the low minors. It’s not uncommon for a guy with a big heater to strike out a lot of low A guys. With his new found long relief role that number has been trending way backwards. He should get a shot for the simple fact that we have so many holes to fill, but expecting him to be a quality starter is not something I’d do. Castro is really a fastball/slider pitcher. He throws his changeup less than 10% of the time. IF he could throw a curve or something else into his repertoire maybe I’d have some more confidence in his ability to start but it’s just not there. Ynoa at least has a nice mix of pitches, and i think either him or castro takes the 5th job next year. My bet is castro wins it and then gets replaced by Ynoa once they realize Castro is bet left to the pen. Castro could play that fastball up in the bullpen and he’d be fine being a primarily two pitch pitchers and maybe you’d see the strikeouts rise again.
Not a Red Sox fan, but why all the hating on Price? Before he signed the contract, he had just finished 2nd in CY. Previous to that he had won in 2012, finished second in 2010, and 6th in 2014. Averaged over 200 IP from 2010 to 2016. He’s not HOF quality, but he’s been very good. I have no dog in this, but is it the contract, or the player? Looks like he works plenty hard.
I personally would’ve not giving Price such a huge contract but it doesn’t take away that he was very good and in fact one of the top pitchers in last few years. Ppl can’t get mad at price for a horrible move from Bostons front office. As stated above, they’ve made plenty of bad pick ups.
Mike and Rays: as a Sox fan I have never liked Price. He was very good but always seemed like an idiot whenever he opened his mouth. After seeing him in Boston, I can confirm he’s an idiot. The whole Eck thing was shameful. The fact that he is so aware of what is said on social media and the Boston media. He is too thin-skinned to pitch in Boston – and seems most likely the reason he can’t handle the pressure of postseason
As far as performance – he hasn’t been bad in Boston (and I’m not going to blame him for getting hurt) but definitely has not lived up to that contract. Underperforming – Boston Media – can’t handle criticism – not a good mix. I like DD and what he’s done but he should have seen this coming with Price.
Toronto fans were disappointed that the Jays didn’t make a run at keeping Price, wonder how they feel right now.
I’m a Cards fan, and when I heard they had made an offer of something like 7/$182M, I was praying that another team (hmm, hmm, Red Sox, Dodger, Yankees) would offer him a bigger deal so that STL was not straddled with him.
I’m not going to hate as hard on him as the Red Sox fans on this page are, but then I don’t have to see him every day either. Any player that folds that easily in the playoffs every time obviously doesn’t have the mental makeup to handle the rigours of playing in a major market like Boston or NY. He’s talented, no doubt, but he was a bad signing, especially at the term. Clubs should be smart enough to offer 4 years max on a big money deal to starting pitchers, especially at the age Price was at when he signed.
If price would’ve re-signed, happ and Estrada would not have been bluejays. And they gave them five combined years that were better than price for 100 million less dollars