David Price says he’s staying with Red Sox, won’t opt out of contract

Fresh off a starring role in Boston’s World Series triumph, David Price says he’s staying with the Red Sox. 

The left-hander’s seven-year, $217 million contract allows him to opt out this offseason, but he told reporters before the team’s championship parade Wednesday that he plans to stay put. 

Before the parade, David Price says “I’m opting in. I’m not going anywhere.” Price staying in Boston.

Price is due to be paid $31 million in 2019 and $32 million in each of the three seasons after that, for a total of $127 million. 

Given how the contract landscape has changed for veteran players since Price signed that deal in December 2015, the money alone likely made it an easy call. But the redemptive aspect of the 2018 postseason surely helped a bit, too. 

After spending a good chunk of his first three years in a Red Sox uniform jousting with the local media and drawing the occasional ire of fans, Price is coming off a mostly spectacular playoff run capped by a World Series performance that easily could have earned him MVP honors. 

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From his ALCS Game 5 start against Houston through his three outings (two starts) against the Dodgers, Price allowed just nine hits and three runs in 19 2/3 innings while walking six and striking out 19. 

It was quite a turnaround for Price after he was relegated to bullpen duty during the 2017 postseason, but it’s no surprise he wants to stick with a winner and continue the ride. The 33-year-old has missed out on the postseason only twice since reaching the World Series with the Rays as a rookie in 2008. 

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