Price willing to do “whatever it takes” for Dodgers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a stacked starting rotation. And David Price could be the odd man out during the season.

Price returned this season after missing the 2020 season. He sat out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price watches the game against the New York Yankees from the dugout in Game One of the American League Division Series
David Price watches the game against the New York Yankees from the dugout in Game One of the American League Division Series (Getty Images)

Manager Dave Roberts said that Price is willing to do “whatever role is best for the Dodgers in 2021.” At best — if Price makes the rotation — he would be a fourth or fifth starter.

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He’s competing with Julio Urías, Tony Gonsolin, and Dustin May for the final two rotation spots.

“I can see him pitching in any role that we have for him and David, being the pro and the teammate that he is, also voiced that whatever role that we see is best for the Dodgers in 2021 is what he wants to do,” manager Dave Roberts said before Monday’s game. “So that’s just a credit to him, but our job still is to build him up for whatever potentially could happen and continue to give us some options.”

The 35-year-old has played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was put in a blockbuster deal that sent Mookie Betts to the Dodgers in February 2020.

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Price last pitched with the Red Sox in 2019. He went 7-5 in 22 starts.

He has a 150-80 record in his MLB career with the Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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