Published On: Wed, Feb 7th, 2018

David Price not considering opting out after '18 season: 'I want to win' in Boston

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox reacts in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Despite a roller-coaster first two years in Boston, David Price isn’t considering a potential escape at the end of this season.

The Red Sox left-hander can opt out of the final four years remaining on his deal in November – forfeiting $127 million in guaranteed salary – but told reporters Tuesday that he fully intends to see his contract through to the end.

“I don’t (think about that),” Price said, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. “I came here to win, preferably multiple times. We’ve won two American League East titles and we haven’t advanced out of the Division Series. Take it two steps further and start to build something even more special here. I want to win here.”

Price battled through two separate stints on the disabled list last season due to reoccurring elbow soreness. He was eventually relegated to the bullpen down the stretch – and into the postseason – as there wasn’t enough time left to build up his arm strength to be a starter. Price flourished in relief, but will head into the spring back in the rotation. Though he’s yet to throw off a mound, he heads into camp fully healthy and confident his elbow issues are a thing of the past.

“It feels good,” Price said of his elbow. “It’s felt really good all the way up to this point (this offseason), so I haven’t had any issues with it.”

While Price has had his issues with his health, some off-field problems caused some moments of anguish in Boston. Last year, Price received criticism from the media and Boston’s fan base after calling out broadcaster Dennis Eckersely on a team flight, and also engaged in a heated confrontation with a Red Sox reporter.

However, Price said the solution to redeeming himself is simple: “If I go out there and pitch well, that will win fans back.”



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