Starting Pitcher Preseason Power Rankings

4. David Price

Source: Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America

Source: Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America

David Price asked his agent, Bo McKinnis, to show him the money and the Boston Red Sox shared it with him in the form of a seven-year, $217 million contract. It makes

It makes sense though, doesn’t it? Price has played for three teams over the past two seasons, but it is not because he has been struggling. Rather, it is because Price has been one of those most sought-after pitchers in baseball and Tampa Bay and Detroit did not believe that they were going to be able to hold onto him so in consecutive years at the trade deadline, he was sent to a contender.

Last year Price finished at 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts while logging a 1.08 WHIP. Furthermore, in 11 games with the Toronto Blue Jays after the trade deadline, Price went 9-1, logging a 2.30 ERA while striking out 87 batters. Price did shift teams again in the off-season, but he is playing in the same division as Toronto, so his success should mirror that of last year against those same opponents.

It also helps that since 2013, Price has fared better against Toronto than most other major-league foes. In six games, he is 4-0 with 43.1 innings pitched and 37 strikeouts. The AL East is going to have to look out for a resurgent Boston Red Sox team that finished just six games below .500 and eight games out of the playoffs last season.

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