Red Sox Rumors: Dombrowski “All In” on David Price


The team has long been connected to him, but recent Boston Red Sox rumors have the team going “All In” on free agent starting pitcher David Price.

The Boston Red Sox have a deep roster filled with young and intriguing talent. That being said, they have a major need for an ace at the top of the rotation. Rick Porcello and Clay Buchholtz simply are not ace pitchers on a playoff contending team.

David Price is the best free agent pitcher on the market , and the Red Sox interest in him appeared to be a formality, with some even considering them to be the favorites to land him. Now, it is starting to seem like an even bigger possibility.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, the Red Sox are ready to go “All in” in their efforts towards landing Price. ” I believe David Price is going to Boston,” Verducci said on MLB Network on Monday afternoon, according to CNNSE. “Dave Dombrowski is all in.”

With an obvious need at the top of the rotation, bringing in Price makes a lot of sense for the Red Sox. He is almost inarguably the best pitcher on the market, has a ton of experience in the American League East and after the Red Sox traded a lot of prospect value for Craig Kimbrel, signing a free agent ace pitcher seemed to be more likely than another trade.

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It has always made sense, and now there are sense-able rumors to go along. While it is far from a guarantee, David Price pitching for the Red Sox is starting to seem like a real possibility.

Price may be the missing piece for this team, as he would be a slam dunk choice to fill their biggest hole. Price would undoubtedly increase the Red Sox chances of becoming legitimate post season contenders, but it would come at a major cost.

Starting pitching is at a premium, and as one of the most talented and consistent arms in the game, Price is not going to come cheap. A projection from Tim Dierkes earlier in the off season had Price receiving a seven-year, $217 million contract in free agency this off season. Obviously, it is just a projection, and is not be taken as fact, but those projections tend to be fairly accurate.

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Dierkes’ projection for Price would make him the highest paid pitcher in all of baseball, and that is not by mistake. Price will undoubtedly be looking for a deal that sets up the market for starting pitching, and he is likely to receive it. That is just the way the market goes. Free agent starting pitching is expensive, because everyone could always use another pitcher. It has always been that way, and it probably always will be.

Dombrowski ready to go all in is certainly interesting and exciting, but it is important to remember how quickly these massive free agent contracts can look ugly. Remember Carl Crawford? Heck, look no further than Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez from last off season. Signing the big-named free agents is always exciting, but it is not always the best route to go.

I am not saying that the Red Sox should be scared away from the probable cost to acquired Price, but it is something to keep in mind. Price would certainly be a guy who could immediately take the Red Sox to the next level, but he would do the same for each and every team in baseball.

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There will undoubtedly be major interest in Price from across Major League Baseball, but the Red Sox appear ready and willing to do what it takes to acquire him to be their next ace pitcher.