David Price

Tigers' David Price won't rule out trade to Red Sox

July 27, 2015 - 9:35 am

As the rumor mill spins regarding David Price's status on the trading block as well as his potential destinations, he spoke with WEEI.com's John Tomase on Saturday, refusing to dismiss the Red Sox as his destination this offseason, despite some hostile moments with the team in the past. "I won't rule out anybody," Price said. "If you can prove to me that you want me for the player that I am and the person that I am, I've got to respect that. If you have a formula to win and can do it over a sustained period of time, who doesn't want to win? That's why you play the game. It's not about the money. It's about being able to win now and in the years in the future. That's what I want to do. I want to be a part of something special. That's what I'm looking for." Price, who has been associated with teams like the Cubs and Dodgers of late, also showed his disdain for teams that would discount him simply because of his age (29). "If you're not going to sign a pitcher that's 30, so be it," he said. "I'll cross you off my list." Furthermore, even though he will hit his third decade on Aug. 26, Price is certain that he is improving each and every year. "I'm getting better," he said. "I don't care what anyone says [about 30]. I continue to get better. I've never been as good as I am right now. I know of a couple of ways that I can and will get better. I'm loving what I'm doing right now and the direction that I'm heading pitching-wise. I'm going to get better. I am." He's already an ace-level starter with a 9-3 record and a career-low 2.31 ERA. A five-time All-Star, Price showed just what he's capable of last season when he put up a major league-leading 271 strikeouts for the Tigers and Rays. One deterrent for Price as he weighs his options ahead of the offseason is the amount of flak he gets from Boston fans on social media. "I definitely get my fair share of hatred from this fan base as well," he said. "The amount of hatred I get from this fan base blows every other fan base away. Some of the things I get, I just know. Whenever I see something on Twitter, I know where it's from. That's part of it. I want no part of that. I want to be somewhere where I'm wanted by the entire fan base, not just half of it." It's not just the fans who he's had skirmishes with either. He's engaged in verbal altercations with David Ortiz and has taken a ball to the chest off the bat of then-Red Sox Mike Aviles -- both events transpired in 2011. For Price, however, these memories are merely water under the bridge. "If you spend the amount of time in one division facing a team as many times as I faced Boston or pitched in Fenway or pitched against those guys in general, stuff like that's going to happen," Price said. "I don't think about it now or today or yesterday. That stuff to me is in the past. I don't think about the negative stuff. I surround myself with positivity."