The Dodgers might be welcoming David Price back on Opening Day. He looks ready.
The Dodgers’ rotation is going to get an internal boost in 2021, as key “bullpen” cogs like Julio Urias from this past postseason run will likely get a chance to stake their claim as being integral figures moving forward.
But it looks like Los Angeles will also get an additional boost from the Mookie Betts trade, one that even Dave Roberts wasn’t positive he’d receive as recently as mid-December.
Lefty David Price, whose salary dump (thanks, Boston!) was a major facilitator in last February’s blockbuster, and who remains a very effective pitcher, posted a video to assure his critics that he’d be very ready for 2021.
And — spoiler — he looked phenomenal.
That whip-like quickness, folks. There’s still nothing quite like a lefty with a dirty fastball.
Price enjoyed a modicum of pomp and circumstance at Dodger Stadium when he announced his arrival last winter, but became one of the highest-profile players to opt out of the 2020 season in early July, attempting not to create undue strain on his family. And, after all the trials and tribulations we saw in ’20, it was likely the right call — especially for him, personally.
This video, proving he’s on the comeback trail, is a big change of tone from under a month ago, when Dave Roberts met with the assembled media, unsure of whether Price planned to return in 2021.
Whether Rob Manfred’s latest update that MLB plans on a 162-game season prompted the release of this video or not, we’re not sure.
But it’s clear Price is working towards being full-strength, whenever the campaign does begin, and he looks great doing it.
Any innings the Dodgers get from Price this year will be an improvement on what they received from the 2020 staff, which was very much good enough to win the World Series, and demonstrated such things by…winning the World Series.
Take your Blake Snell and Yu Darvish and shove ’em, San Diego. We’re getting one back, too.