Former Blue Jays pitcher won't pitch in 2023, retirement appears likely

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It’s hard to believe that David Price is 37-years-old and seemingly on the verge of retiring. Price has been a winner since his college days at Vanderbilt University. He’s accomplished so much in his baseball career. Recently, the southpaw's agent told MLB insider Jon Heyman that he will not be pitching in 2023. Is this the end for David Price?

Price was drafted first overall by the Rays back in the 2007 draft. He won the Cy Young Award in 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition, he made the All-Star team four times and helped the Rays make the playoffs between 2010-12.

Price also had an impressive run when he got picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays. 2015 was a magical year in Toronto. The addition of Price became a massive help in the Jays’ rotation. He helped the Jays win their first AL East division crown since 1993. Of course, the Jays went as far as the ALCS, eventually coming up short against the eventual World Series champs, the Kansas City Royals.

As a member of the Jays, Price posted a 9-1 record with a 2.30 ERA, 87 strikeouts and a 1.01 WHIP, allowing just four home runs in 11 starts for the team.

Sure, it was a short ride for Price’s time in Toronto, but damn it was memorable. He was the perfect fit for Toronto. It would’ve been great to see him pitch there for a few more seasons. The team could’ve used his leadership and tenacity in their rotation. But we understand the business of baseball. You can’t keep everyone, and you can’t make everyone happy.

Price went on to win the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2018. If this is the end for him, it was a privilege to see him perform at such a high level for our Jays. I still believe he has something left in the tank, perhaps he will return in 2024 out of the bullpen for a contender. Heck, maybe Ross Atkins considers bringing him back to Toronto. Anything is possible.