5.) David Price, LHP
2016 Projected Stats: 15-9, 215.0 IP, 2.84 ERA, 9.47 K/9
One of the possible concerns with Price entering this free-agent period would have been his bumpy start with the Detroit Tigers after being traded in 2014. The lefty admitted that he was not comfortable pitching outside of Tampa Bay for the first time in his career. Price rebounded, and had a near-Cy-Young season in 2015. He was excellent after joining the Toronto Blue Jays. The fine regular season performance was followed by yet another postseason meltdown. At 30 years old and with 104 career wins, there are still some questions about Price’s ability to perform under pressure.
Price is a power pitcher in the truest sense. Everything works off his fastball at 96 mph. How will Price look in a few years if he loses three ticks of velocity from his best pitches? Perhaps not as good as Greinke, who is a craftier pitcher. Price is going to get seven years and over $210 million. Years five through seven may not look quite as good as years one through 4. That being said, any team would still love to add Price to their rotation.