David Price on contract opt-out: Why would I leave Red Sox?

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The rollercoaster ride that has symbolized David Price’s career with the Boston Red Sox appears to have finally calmed down.

The left-hander features an opt-out in his contract following this season, but has no plans to use it.

“Why would I leave here to go to a team that’s not as good as this team?” Price told MassLive recently. “I came here to win. I don’t worry about all the other stuff. Just come here to win. We’re going to have a really good chance to do that.”

The Red Sox (99-46) own the best record in baseball and Price is enjoying a strong campaign in his third season since signing a seven-year, $217-million deal. He owns a 3.57 ERA and 3.76 FIP over 27 starts and his 158.2 innings are second on the team. The 33-year-old has been especially dominant of late — sporting a 1.78 ERA over eight starts since the all-star break.

The first two seasons of Price’s tenure in Boston were rife with tense media interactions, including a much-publicized exchange with broadcaster and former player Dennis Eckersley.

For the most part, Price says he’s now content with his relationship with the media.

“Yeah, for sure,” Price said. “The same two or three people (reporters) come and talk with me (regularly). Some of you all have turned the page. A lot of others haven’t. I’m completely cool with that.”

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