David Price has made it clear to the Toronto Blue Jays that they are his number one free agent option, however, people with the Blue Jays are skeptical that they’ll be able to keep him, as I reported here.
Six general managers that spoke with Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com believe that Price will eventually sign with the Boston Red Sox, a division rival of the Blue Jays.
With the Blue Jays in 2015, Price made an impact not only on the field, but in the clubhouse. Here is what former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulus had to say about the coveted free agent, via WEEI (h/t MLBTradeRumors.com):
“He brings something else more than just the two ERA and the 240 innings and everything else. He leads. He sets a great example. He’ll be a great get for any team that gets him.”
One general manager told Gammons that he believes the Red Sox will offer Price $30-40 million more than any other team, which is not surprising, given how Dave Dombrowski has always been aggressive when targeting a true top-of-the-rotation type of pitcher.
Other teams that are serious in their pursuits of Price, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com: The San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.
As Rosenthal points out, this is an ideal scenario for Price. We have two NL West rivals (Dodgers, Giants), two NL Central teams (Cubs, Cardinals) and two AL East teams (Blue Jays, Red Sox) involved in the bidding for Price, which should help drive up his price (sorry) even more.
There are no guarantees in free agency, but it seems virtually certain Price gets at least $200 million. How much more than that remains to be seen.
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