The oft-forgotten second piece coming along in the reported Mookie Betts deal — and mind you, these trades are still not completed as of this writing — is left-handed starting pitcher David Price.
The 2012 AL Cy Young award winner has been viewed as something of a throw-in or “cost of doing business” in the Boston/Los Angeles (and Minnesota) swap. However, MLB Network Analyst, and 18-year big league veteran Dan Plesac is still high on Price.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 5, 2020
[The Dodgers] are getting a good pitcher. I think 2018, you go back to the World Series run, he was so big in October for the Boston Red Sox … he’s an easy guy by the postseason record to take some shots at, but when he’s healthy he’s as good a left-hander — he’s in that top 5 or 6 left-handers in the game of baseball.
It’s easy to forget that Price is a 5-time All-Star in the American League, and twice lead the AL in ERA. However, since turning 30 the 6’5″ hurler has gone from elite to middling at…