Blue Jays are in trade talks with Red Sox for David Price: report

Dec 23 2019, 12:29 pm

Just as the Toronto Blue Jays have moved out nearly every remaining piece from their playoff teams in 2015 and 2016, there’s talk of bringing a key piece back.

The Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox are talking trade according to a report from The Athletic’s MLB insider Ken Rosenthal.

The 34-year-old left-handed pitcher helped lead the Blue Jays to the 2015 postseason, going 9-1 in 11 starts after a trade deadline deal with the Detroit Tigers. He had less success in the playoffs and left for Boston as a free agent in the offseason.

The Red Sox are trying to shed Price’s salary, as he is owed $96 million on the final three years of his contract — though the Red Sox would likely have to pay a portion of Price’s contract to find a taker.

Price, who won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2018, posted decent numbers in Boston last season. The veteran starter was 7-5 in 22 starts last season, with 128 strikeouts, a 4.28 ERA, and a 1.31 WHIP.

The Price rumour comes at the time where the Blue Jays need pitching help, despite signing Hyun-Jin Ryu to the richest free agent pitching contract in franchise history.