It was a good weekend to be a Blue Jays fan, as the team clinched a playoff berth for the first time in 22 years. Jose Bautista is providing as much power as Josh Donaldson, who very well could win the MVP award this season. And David Price, whom the team acquired at the Trade Deadline, earned his 9th win in 11 opportunities for his new club.
But, as a Red Sox fan, I don't care about the Blue Jays in the playoffs. I do, however, care about David Price.
Could Price be on the hill for the Sox on Opening Day in 2016? Perhaps, but first he will have to leave Toronto. The Blue Jays obviously want to keep David Price, but can they afford him?
The short answer is yes.
The Blue Jays could afford to pay Price $25 million a year, but the lefty flamethrower is due for a massive, Scherzer-esque type of deal. If the bidding gets close to $30 million a year, will the Blue Jays dig their heels into the ground and exchange blows with powerhouse organizations like the Red Sox and Dodgers?
I have a hard time seeing that.
With lower-tier names, such as Jeff Samardzija and Jordan Zimmerman, out there for a significantly less amount, instead of Price's hefty, $200+ million contract, a team may close their checkbook if the bidding gets ridiculous. My guess is that team is the Blue Jays.
Say bye-bye to Davey, Toronto. He's shipping up to Boston.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS