David Price, a left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who is now on the injured list, said to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he will retire at the end of the 2022 season. Just give it time, he added. It pains all over my body.
Since the beginning of the month, Price has been unable to play because of inflammation in his left wrist. Before the end of the regular season, he is still anticipated to return. He has made 38 appearances this season, all out of the bullpen, and in 38 innings pitched, he has a 2.58 ERA (164 ERA+) and a 4.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Price, a 37-year-old former Vanderbilt player, was selected first overall in the 2007 draft. He has made 398 appearances in the big league over the course of the last 15+ years, compiling a 3.32 ERA (123 ERA+) and a 3.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio in portions of 14 MLB seasons. According to Baseball Reference, his efforts have been worth an estimated 40.1 Wins Above Replacement.
During his career, Price participated in five All-Star Games. His 211 innings pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 with a 2.56 ERA (150 ERA+), 3.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and 150 ERA+ earned him the American League Cy Young Award. In addition, he was given second-ballot consideration on three other occasions, including in 2010 and 2015.
Price was once a Rays player. Later, he worked for the organizations of the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Dodgers. As a member of the Rays and Red Sox, he pitched in the World Series and contributed to Boston’s 2018 championship victory. He officially was a member of the Dodgers organization in 2020, the year they won the Fall Classic, but he chose to forego playing because of worries related to the COVID-19 epidemic.