The Red Sox have made the biggest splash of the 2016 offseason, signing starter David Price to a massive $217 million contract. Price started last season pitching for the Tigers, but was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays midseason as part of their championship push.
The deal is for seven years. Price is 30 years old.
Zach Greinke, along with Price, were the two biggest names in this years free agent pool. Price signs the largest deal ever for a starting pitcher, beating out the previous record, held by Clayton Kershaw, by $2 million.
David Price is a five-time All-Star and 2012 Cy Young award winner, and will provide a tremendous boost the Boston’s starting rotation. Boston’s other pitching move this offseason was trading for closer Craig Kimbrel. The Red Sox have also reached out to Johnny Cueto.
Originally considered the centerpiece of the Rays rebuilding, Price was traded at the deadline in 2014 to Detroit, only to be dealt again the following season to Toronto for prospects. After shipping away Price, the Detroit Tigers fired president and GM Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski is now the president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox.