Red Sox left-hander David Price told Peter Gammons that while this season has been his "most trying", he says winning could change all that.
"This has been the most trying year of my career,” Price told the Hall of Fame baseball writer in a profile on TheAthletic.com
Price, 32, looks back at this season, including his comeback from injury and his run-in with Dennis Eckersley, and talks about what it takes to be a good teammate.
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Price knows “public perception is going to depend on winning. I have to pitch well and help the Red Sox win, anyway I can. If we win, I’ll be the happiest I’ve ever been in baseball.”
“The numbers are what they are,” Price says. “I want the fans to like me because I win. I get that. But I want to pitch well for the guys in the clubhouse. I learned at Vanderbilt that baseball is about the relationships that go into winning, which is the goal we all work together to achieve.”
If winning is going to happen for Price in this postseason, where he's 0-8 in his career as a starter, it will be a reliever for Boston. He's unscored upon out of the bullpen in his first three outings, covering six innings, since coming off the disabled list, including a 1 1/3-inning hitless stint Wednesday night in a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
While the Red Sox’ interest in free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer has been well-documented, it may not be a one-or-the-other situation.
According to the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman, Boston’s intention is to sign both Martinez and Hosmer in an effort to strengthen an offense that finished last in the American League in home runs in 2016. Though Dave Dombrowski declined to comment on any and all free agent discussions, Silverman wrote that the team’s “goal is to sign them both.”
Martinez, 30, has seen his power numbers fluctuate throughout his career. He belted 29 homers in 62 games after getting traded to the Diamondbacks last season to finish the campaign with a career-best 45 homers between Detroit and Arizona. His previous career-high in home runs was 38, which he hit in 2015 with the Tigers.
The 28-year-old Hosmer, who has played his entire career with the Royals since being drafted third overall by them in 2008, hit .318/.385/.498 last season with 25 homers and 94 RBI. He’s hit 25 home runs in back-to-back seasons; they are the only two seasons of his seven-year career in which he’s hit 20 or more.
Silverman estimates that signing both players could cost as much as a combined $450 million.
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0:41 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins from the TD Garden to discuss the Celtics getting the win over the Nuggets, Kyrie Irving taking advantage of his matchup, Shane Larkin’s performance off the bench, and if Gordon Hayward will return this season.
5:18 - Michael Holley, Tom Curran, Michael Hurley, and DJ Bean discuss Tom Brady’s success in his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers and if that success will continue on Sunday.
9:34 - Evan Drellich joins from the MLB Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox needing to stay disciplined with their roster flexibility, and the latest on J.D. Martinez.
15:09 - Holley, Curran, Hurley, and Bean discuss Malcolm Butler’s now deleted retweet about Jay Cutler’s success against the Patriots when facing a blitz.