Long considered one of the best pitchers in baseball, David Price put forth another terrific season in 2015, possibly a second Cy Young season, while splitting time with the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. Price went 18-5, accumulated a 2.45 ERA, and led the Blue Jays to the AL East crown en route to their first playoff appearance since 1993. Now a free agent, Price will be a hot commodity on the open market despite his playoff struggles (2-7 record, 5.12 career postseason ERA) and could easily command upwards of $200 million. Max Scherzer‘s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals will likely set the initial talks with any team hoping to reach a deal with Price.
Price is a left-handed, proven ace who just turned 30 years old. He’s also a workhorse, having eclipsed 200 innings in five of the past six years. Despite the innings mileage on his arm, Price has proven durable, having no particularly scary injuries in the past as well as a velocity that has remained in the mid-to-lower 90s, a fact that many teams will be paying for as well.
Without further ado let’s go ahead and look at the teams with the best shot at signing the lefty ace.