Boston Red Sox
2016 committed salary: $138.5 MM
The Red Sox are in desperate need of an ace to head their rotation. As a team, the Red Sox were twenty-fifth in the MLB with a 4.31 ERA. If new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wants to see any improvement he’ll be checking in on David Price aggressively in the coming weeks. Signing Price wouldn’t solve all the team’s problems, but it would be a start. Joe Kelly is still young enough to improve, and the duo of Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Owens flashed enough potential last year for management to think they could be potential solid rotation pieces as well.
Having Price as the staff ace and rotation leader would go a long way towards getting the Red Sox back to relevancy after two straight last place finishes, and he would surely have an impression on those young guys too while helping them improve. While the Red Sox are up there with the payroll, they are a big market team and potential offseason moves (like unloading Hanley Ramirez‘s contract) could free up some space. Dombrowski knows the first step towards contention is having a strong leader that you can be confident in every fifth day. Clay Buchholz is not that guy, so expect the Red Sox to be in the Price sweepstakes.