I would say the “not signing a pitcher over 30 to a big money deal” has officially gone out the window. On Tuesday, the Red Sox signed the crown jewel of this free agent class, agreeing to terms with David Price to a record 7 year $215 million contract. The signing reflects a change in philosophy, a philosophy that allowed Jon Lester to leave for the Cubs, just one year ago.
The 30 year old price is coming off a stellar season which saw him finish second in the American League Cy Young voting. Price finished the year 18-5 with an league leading era of 2.45. Price joins a Red Sox team that was in desperate need of quality starting pitching. The Sox finished the year 14th out of 15 teams in era, got the ace they have been missing since Jon Lester and John Lackey was traded to Oakland at the 2014 trade deadline.
The Red Sox finished last in the American League east for the second year in a row, and hope the former Cy Young award winner (and 2x runner up) will help reverse that trend.
The Red Sox have been busy this offseason, already acquiring closer Craig Kimbrell by trade, and just days ago signed OF Chris Young to a 2 year deal. In Kimbrell, the Sox hope to shorten the game with him anchoring the bullpen, and pushing Koji Urehara to the set up role.
The way the Sox use Chris Young remains to be seen. Do the sox plan on using Young as a forth outfielder, or does the Young signing signify that one of the trio of outfielders will be traded in a separate deal? One thing is for sure, the Sox are burning up the hot stove.