It was a gut-wrenching decision, one that weighed on Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price for months, finding a balance between health concerns for his young family and the responsibility to his new teammates and fanbase.
Price couldn’t bear the thought of contracting COVID-19 and risking the health of his wife, 3-year-old son and 11-month old daughter.
He also recognized the fact that the Dodgers traded for him and former MVP outfielder Mookie Betts in February, and that without him in the starting rotation, it diminishes their chances of winning their first World Series since 1988.
“It was the toughest decision I’ve had to make,’’ Price told USA TODAY Sports in a text message, “knowing I’m making the right decision for myself and my family. We’ve been in conversation [with the Dodgers] for a long time about all of this.’’
Price, a Cy Young winner and World Series hero is the biggest star to opt out this season. He forfeits about $11.8 million in salary if the 60-game season is completed.
Who knows, maybe it’ll be nothing more than a procedural move, with several players openly wondering just three days into Spring Training 2.0, how the season can possibly work, and whether they’re crazy for even trying?