Remember how David Price spoke great about his days in Toronto? Do you remember how his agent said Price “would have absolutely gone back” to the Blue Jays? And then do you remember how he didn’t?
Well, apparently David Price would’ve re-signed with the Blue Jays … and taken a discount to remain in Toronto.
Many reports have surfaced having different opinions on the topic. David Kaplan from ESPN 1000 in Chicago was the first person to report in late November that Toronto was David Price’s preferred destination. However, Price went ahead and signed a seven-year $217 million dollar deal with the Red Sox.
Now, Kaplan is back once again, except this time he told Sportsnet 590’s Dean Blundell and Co. that David Price would’ve signed for less to remain with the Blue Jays.
“I know for a fact David Price wanted to stay a Blue Jay. He would’ve taken less than he got from Boston or the offer he got from St. Louis. He literally would’ve taken less money to stay in Toronto.”
Right … so David Kaplan is convinced David Price not only had the Blue Jays at the top of his wish list but that he was going to take less than what the Red Sox offered him?
As crazy as that sounds, it is believed to be true, mostly because it sounds like the Red Sox had to overpay David Price just to convince him to come to Boston. Just look at how that contract is structured; he can hit the open market after the 2018 season.
It’s very pointless to play hypotheticals in this situation; Price did not re-sign with the Blue Jays and they moved on and got J.A. Happ, Jesse Chavez and re-signed Marco Estrada instead of signing Price.
But I suppose it’s nice consolation knowing that Price might’ve re-upped with the Blue Jays? Toronto has been long known as a dead zone for marquee free agents, but 2015 did a lot to change the reputation of this organization and has made Toronto a destination once again.
That isn’t something you could say about the Blue Jays even three or four years ago. David Price had a tough time leaving Toronto, and that says a lot, about not only the organization but also the fanbase.