David Price was officially introduced as a member of the Boston Red Sox on Friday, and one of the first topics discussed was his lackluster postseason record.
“I think I was just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox,” Price said at the press conference at Fenway Park.
Price took his physical earlier Friday, three days after agreeing to a seven-year, $217 million contract. The deal is the largest in major-league history for a pitcher.
Price is slated to receive $30 million annually from 2016 through 2018, $31 million in 2019 and $32 million from 2020 through 2022.
The five-time All-Star is 104-56 with a 3.09 ERA in 218 career games (213 starts) with the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays.
The postseason has been a different story as Price is 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 14 appearances (eight starts) with both wins coming in relief.
He went 1-2 with a 6.17 ERA in four postseason appearances for the Blue Jays in 2015, failing to win any of his three starts while picking up a victory in relief.
Price, 30, is counting on receiving more postseason opportunities in the future and said that was a factor in his decision to sign with Boston.
“This is a place that wins,” Price said during the press conference. “This is a place that has winning in its history, and they definitely have winning in their future.”
Price went 18-5 with an American League-leading 2.45 ERA last season while splitting time with the Tigers and Blue Jays. He finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting behind Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel.
Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012 when he went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA for the Rays.