The Oakland A's have made it very clear that they will not trade Sonny Gray this offseason, despite various rumors saying otherwise. If I am Dave Dombrowski and Mike Hazen, I would still keep my tabs on him to see if anything changes; but I wouldn't waste too much time talking about a player that may not even get moved this offseason. So who is the next man on the Red Sox list of target this offseason?
There are many questions surrounding a possible David Price to Boston signing. For starters, how are things between him and David Ortiz? If you do not know, back in the 2013 LDS, David Price took a shot at David Ortiz for watching as his 2nd homer of the game off Price went soaring out of Fenway. Price said "He knew it was fair. Run." Then in 2014, Price was starting against Boston at Fenway and he drilled Ortiz right in the butt, leading to the benches clearing and many thinking Price was still upset about that game. Quite frankly, I think he was more upset about giving up 8 runs in 8 innings in that Game 2 loss to Boston.
But he'll put all that aside once he comes to Boston.
The second question is, is he ready to make a deep run into the playoffs? I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for the ALCS because he was facing the very resilient, eventual world champion Royals. But Price, like many other big time pitchers, tends to crap his pants when he enters big games. But, if you ask me, it's all about getting there first, and Price is one of the most effective left handers in all of baseball.
David Price would easily solve the problem the Sox have faced over the past year and a half. And that is, the lack of an ace. If the Red Sox make only one move to their rotation this offseason, here's how it would look with Price:
Looks pretty good if you ask me. All of these guys, excluding Price because he wasn't here, pitched very well at times and made it pretty evident that they will be a part of this team in 2016.