The Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $217 million contract with free-agent pitcher David Price, The Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.
The Blue Jays were really never in this fight.
This contract is 2 1/2 times the maximum amount the Jays have ever offered a player (Russell Martin 5 year x 18M)
A seven year deal for a 30 year old pitcher is just not the kind of deal that the Jays could afford to take a chance with.
Even by Red Sox standards this deal is 140M more than there closest contract for a pitcher in the past (Jon Lester).
The Sox seem to have an unpredictable when it comes to off season transactions. When you have alot of cash to throw around, you have the luxury of reacting to last years success or lack there of.
We'll see how this year turns out for the Red Sox.
As far as the Jays go, can Marcus Stroman be the ace of the staff?
Can the bullpen pull their weight ?
Can JA Happ be more like the pitcher he was in Pittsburgh ?
Can Marco Estrada repeat last years performance ?
Can RA Dickey pitch a full year consistently ?
We'll see how this year turns out for the Blue Jays.