Los Angeles Dodgers veteran pitcher David Price is finally in the last year of his notorious seven-year, $217 million contract. With free agency looming, it’s expected that Price is going to give serious consideration to retiring. Via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County RegisterPrice revealed that he is leaning towards retirement after the 2022 MLB season.
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Speaking with Plunkett, the Dodgers’ lefty initially responded “yeah” when asked if he was going to retire after the 2022 season. Price quickly walked those comments back, however.
“I mean, yes and no. My (two) kids love it so much. That’s the only thing that makes me even think about playing any longer. I always told myself I’d ask my son, ‘Do you want daddy to play baseball or do you want daddy to be home all the time?’ I asked him before this year and he said, ‘I want you to be home.’ I said, ‘Are you sure?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ Now when I ask him, he says, ‘No, I want you to keep playing.'”
Price revealed that his drive to continue playing baseball stems from his children and whether or not they want him to keep playing or spend more time at home.
His comments certainly suggest his retirement is imminent, though he refused to officially declare it as such in his interview with Plunkett. The 36-year-old Dodgers reliever has enjoyed a tremendous career that saw him win a World Series with the Red Sox. He was also a two-time ERA champ, made 5 All-Star Games, and won one Cy Young award.
This season, in what could very well be his last in MLB, Price has featured in 19 games in relief. He’s registered a 3.20 ERA across 19.2 innings on the mound, striking out 24 batters during that span.