David Price was quite selfless about his role on the 2020 Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired David Price in last year’s Mookie Betts trade in order to further their World Series push, but the left-hander opted out of the 2020 season due to very valid concerns regarding the global pandemic.
Despite his absence, the Dodgers managed to win the World Series, though his presence in the starting rotation probably would’ve made life a bit easier in the NLCS and Fall Classic.
This year, hopefully, his steady hand will reduce our sweat levels a bit.
Some might think Price was bitter about missing out on another epic championship run, but it was actually the opposite of that.
He told reporters on Friday that the Dodgers winning it all and snapping their 32-year drought actually made him feel better.
Price wouldn’t have been able to stomach watching his team lose in the event his contributions could’ve been the difference-maker. That’s what you call a team player … even though he hardly knows his teammates outside of Betts!
Luckily for Price, he’ll be participating in the action come 2021 Opening Day, and his team is the favorite to repeat after adding Trevor Bauer and a number of arms to their new and improved bullpen. The return of Justin Turner should help, too.
Price opting out of 2020 will keep him with the Dodgers through the 2022 season, so he’ll have two more tries to help LA capture another ring with this star-studded roster (pending whatever happens with Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager after this year). The true likely exodus of players will come after 2022.
The Dodgers blew by the luxury tax threshold by more than $50 million this offseason because they likely know this is the premier window to capture multiple rings. Price will more than likely be here for the ride (unless he’s traded), so he can bring his postseason pedigree
(at least from the 2018 ALCS and WS) this time around and repay the Dodgers for defeating them in the World Series.
If not, then, maybe Dodgers fans will be the ones regretting he didn’t sit out the season again.
JUST KIDDING! Price bringing his experience, skill and knowledge to this starting rotation will be among the most important aspects of 2021 and probably 2022.