Is David Price Paying Off for the Red Sox?

David Price’s 7-year $217 million contract thrilled Red Sox Nation. After all, five All-Star appearances and the 2012 Cy Young Award is more than enough to prove one’s worth. Not to mention John Farrell can depend on him to have 200+ strikeouts a season. But people in Boston are all asking the same question: Is David Price paying off for Boston?

Price had a strong debut year with the Red Sox. He led the American LeagueDavid Price paying off in game starts, innings pitched, and batters faced. These numbers are a testament to his longevity and ability to go deep. His 17 wins didn’t hurt either. But there were a few games where Price’s performance made some question his abilities. There was the May 7th game against the Yankees where Price gave up six earned runs in 4.2 innings that ended in an 8-2 loss for Boston. Then there was the June 29th game against the Rays where Price gave up four earned runs in six innings. Losing those games to teams at the bottom of the standings was more than disconcerting.

Then there’s the issue with his injury. Best case scenario, Price will be ready to pitch by May. Worse case scenario though is he’ll need Tommy John surgery, which will put him out of action for a year. In that case, we might see him come back in mid-2018. When you’re injured it’s important not to come back too soon. Eduardo Rodriguez is a perfect example. Then again, Rodriguez isn’t getting the money Price is. After Pablo Sandova’s dismal 2016 season, another player Boston paid big bucks for, the front office is likely more than worried about David Price paying off their investment in him.

Don’t Write Off Price Just Yet

Every pitcher has a bad day and Price certainly has had his fair share. A few of his losses in 2016 ended in one-run defeats. One in particular ended with a 3-2 loss to Baltimore, in which Price struck out eleven in 8.1 innings. So it’s clear that when Price is effective when he’s healthy, except for the occasional bad game. But given the growing concern with his injury it’s understandable why the front office might have its own concerns.

Time will tell.

Kyle Snyder Flourishing in Second Career

Kyle Snyder

Former Boston Red Sox reliever Kyle Snyder’s playing days are long gone, but that does not mean he is shying away from the game.
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Joining the Durham Bulls staff as a pitching coach this season, from a coaching standpoint he might just bekyle snyder on the fast track to the majors— his ultimate goal. After all, he only started coaching in 2012.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash and Snyder were teammates back in 2007 on the Red Sox World Series championship team, but in the near future, seeing them coach together is a definite possibility.
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Reflecting back on that World Series run which resulted in Jordan’s Furniture giving away a large array of inventory, there is no doubt that it was Snyder’s favorite year as a ballplayer.

“2007 was a great experience throughout the year, being the best team in baseball from start to finish,” he told Yawkey Way Report. “Being able to contribute to that team meant a lot to me.”
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The World Series championship run marked the first time he spent a full year in the big leagues, after winning the final spot in the bullpen late in Spring Training over Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen. Snyder went 2-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 46 outings.

A year prior, Snyder struggled a bit in his starting role for Boston, but a scoreless 4 2/3 inning relief outing helped Boston in deciding whether he should start or relieve.

“It was something I looked forward to when it started,” Snyder said. “Prior to that, I was a starter for most of my career. It was something I was called upon to do and something I relished. I really enjoyed the relief role throughout the year.”
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En route to a 96-win season, the Red Sox won 16 of their first 24 ballgames, putting themselves in position for a successful season.

“I think winning builds chemistry. We hit the ground running and it was that hot start we got in April that built the foundation in terms of the chemistry itself.”

“We played very, very well together.”