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Dave Dombrowski on David Price opt-out: 'I hope he's back . . . it's in his court'

John Tomase
October 29, 2018 - 6:29 pm

LOS ANGELES – The clock is officially ticking on David Price.

The Red Sox left-hander, who won the World Series clincher on Sunday to permanently dispel his reputation as a postseason choke artist, has three days to decide whether or not to exercise the opt-out on his contract and become a free agent.

Opting out now would void the final four years and $127 million on his deal and make Price a free agent, but at age 33, with some arm troubles in the recent past, there’s no guarantee he’d make that money elsewhere.

In any event, the decision is his.

“I hope he’s back, for sure,” said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. “We haven’t even thought about it, but that will be something we’ll think about. I think David will think about it. It’s in his court. He’s got (three) days after the World Series, and of course I’m hopeful he’ll be back with us.”

Price has stated repeatedly that he doesn’t plan to opt out, but he was not asked about his contract after pitching the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory in Sunday’s Game 5.

Though he hasn’t pitched to expectations since joining the Red Sox on a record eight-year, $217 million contract – failing to make an All-Star team or earn a Cy Young vote – Price more than compensated this postseason, winning the clinching games of the ALCS and World Series.

 He then sounded a note of defiance in his postgame press conference, noting that,  “I hold all the cards now,” when it comes to the postseason narrative that had once defined him.

"My confidence was never altered through however many seasons I've been to the playoffs, however many times I've failed in October, however many times I failed in the regular season or against the Yankees," he said. "My confidence was never altered. I always had belief in myself and my abilities. To be able to come through on this stage and in October for myself and for my teammates, I know I can do it now. And it's always a good feeling to have. It's just good to know."

UPDATE (Oct. 30): The original version of this story said Price had five days after completion of the World Series to exercise his opt-out. It's actually three days.