Price will not opt out of his current deal with the Red Sox, which will keep him under contract through the 2022 season, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Price is owed $127 million across the next four years after electing to remain with Boston on the contract he inked in December of 2015. The left-hander reversed the postseason narrative that dogged him throughout his career during these past few weeks, helping the Red Sox win the World Series against the Dodgers with a 1.98 ERA in three appearances over 13.2 innings in the Fall Classic. Price will earn $31 million during the 2019 season and $32 million in the three subsequent campaigns. Across 30 starts this past season, he logged a 3.58 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.
Price will start Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Sunday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Chris Sale was originally supposed to get the starting nod for Boston's potential clinching game, but manager Alex Cora said he likes Price at Dodger Stadium, so they'll go with him instead. The 33-year-old last pitched in Game 2, in which he navigated 6.2 frames while allowing just two runs on four hits. He'll face off with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the final game in Los Angeles.
Price will start the second game of the World Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Price finally shook off the demons in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros, winning for the first time in the playoffs as a starter and sending his team to the World Series. The 33-year-old has a career 5.04 ERA in 85.2 playoff innings. His only World Series experience came a decade ago with the Rays, when he made a pair of relief appearances as his team fell in five games to the Phillies, allowing two runs (one earned) in 3.1 innings.
Price shut out the Astros on three hits with no walks over six innings Thursday as the Red Sox won the pennant with a 4-1 decision in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. He struck out nine. A double off the bat of Yuli Gurriel was the only extra-base hit Price permitted in a stellar outing that earned him his first win of the postseason and propelled the Red Sox to the World Series. The dominant performance was in stark contrast to the left-hander's first two postseason starts, as he had pitched 6.1 innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits and six walks while striking out four. The 33-year-old is now 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in the playoffs.
Price will pitch Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports. Due to Chris Sale's stomach illness, Price will line up to throw on short rest in Houston after starting Game 2 on Sunday. During that outing, Price allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four across 4.2 innings. The left-hander will go up against Justin Verlander with the Astros' season on the line.