David Ortiz Ready to Welcome Price to Red Sox

David Ortiz has had his share of public confrontations with David Price over the last three years. However, now that the veteran left-handed pitching ace has signed a multi-year deal with the Boston Red Sox, the designated hitter for the Red Sox will receive him with open arms.

That is fine, the teams needs pitching and Price is great and has been able to show for many years how good he is, said Ortiz when asked in his home country of the Dominican Republic what he thought about the signing.

On Wednesday, Dave Dombrowski said Boston was likely finished making big moves during the offseason after signing Price and Chris Young.

The biggest need for Boston was filled with the signing of Price, who is a legitimate ace that is worth a huge contract that Boston has given him.

Boston reached an agreement with Price on a 7-year $217 million deal on Tuesday.

The issues Ortiz had with Price started during the AL Division Series of 2013 between Tampa Bay and Boston. Price criticized Ortiz for how he ran around the bases following a home run in a win by Boston at Fenway.

In Boston, the following May, in the next meeting between the Red Sox and Rays, Price hit Ortiz in the first inning with a pitch.

Following the game, Ortiz said that it was war, and it was on. He added that the next Price hit him with a pitch he had better have his boxing gloves. He finished by saying he did not have respect for Price any longer.

During this year’s All Star break in Cincinnati. Price said Ortiz was not the same hitter he had been before. The left-hander said that if Ortiz was then he would have been at the All-Star Game.

However, in 2015 Ortiz hit very well with 37 home runs and 108 RBIs. He reached the 500-career home run plateau as well.

All the previous problems seem to be gone, as Ortiz said there were no problems and everything was in the past. He added that when someone joins your cause the past is left behind.

Price for his career is 104-56 with an ERA of 3.09. in 2015, he was 18-5 with an ERA of 2.45, with Detroit and Toronto. He finished second to Dallas Keuchel in the Cy Young Award balloting.

The average annual salary of $31 million is the highest all time for a pitcher and its matches that of Miguel Cabrera the slugger for Detroit.

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