In an attempt to add some veteran presence to the 2015 roster, the Blue Jays decided to trade a package of top prospects to the Detroit Tigers for left-hander David Price, who was going to be hitting free agency the upcoming offseason.
The former Rays ace was stellar for the Blue Jays to finish the season, going 9-1 through 11 starts while posting a 2.30 ERA. The playoffs tell a different story, however.
He started the first game against Texas in the ALDS and gave up five earned through 7.0 innings with five strikeouts, earning the loss and putting the Jays behind 0-1. Price would appear in the fourth game of the series out of the bullpen, following starter R.A. Dickey and going three innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs but earning the win in the process. The ALCS was a bit better for the left-hander, as started two games and posted an almost identical line to his previous playoff series, although adding nine more strikeouts and lowering his WHIP to 0.900. He would be credited with one loss in that series.
Price hit free agency at the end of the year and while fans wanted him back, the former Vanderbilt alum took his talents to the Boston Red Sox, signing a seven-year deal worth $217 million. He spent the next four seasons in Boston, posting a 3.84 ERA through 103 appearances (98 starts) and won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2018. He would be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2020 campaign alongside Mookie Betts but did not play that season, opting out due to the pandemic and missing out on the Dodgers World Series run.
He returned in 2021 but found himself being juggled between the rotation and the bullpen, appearing in 39 games (11 starts) while posting a 4.03 ERA through 73.2 innings. He did not make an appearance during the Dodgers postseason run in 2021.
Price is entering the last season of the seven-year deal he signed with the Red Sox and is free agent eligible at the end of the year.