The Dodgers losing David Price for the 2020 season proved to be more of a factor than anyone predicted. Price chose to sit out the season due to concerns over the coronavirus, and most were understanding and respectful of his decision. But if Los Angeles has DP back in the mix for 2021, that starting rotation could be ridiculous.
Based on his post on Twitter today, Price appears to be gearing up to join the Dodgers this year after all. The veteran LHP posted a video of him throwing at an unknown facility on Tuesday afternoon. For a guy that did not play all of last year, Price looks like he’s throwing pretty hard too.
Never felt better!! pic.twitter.com/FgCnGTYV8C
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) January 12, 2021
Price came over to the Dodgers in the deal that also brought them Mookie Betts. The Red Sox initially included Price as a salary dump in the deal, but he could prove to be a reliable number 3 start for Los Angeles.
Despite some of his main stats from the 2019 season looking below-average, Price’s peripherals leave reason to be excited about what he can do. His strikeout percentage saw a little bit of a rise, and his FIP was at a much better place. Price also got burned by a terrible BABIP that year. If the Dodgers can even get an average year out of Price, he is sure to provide a boost in the rotation.
Adding Price into the mix also makes the bullpen better. His taking up a spot in the Dodgers rotation means that one of the younger arms will likely be pushed to the bullpen. That leaves just 2 spots in the rotation for Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May, and Julio Urias to battle it out.
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