David Price will be back in a Red Sox uniform next season.
The left-handed pitcher announced at Fenway Park Wednesday morning that he will not be exercising the opt-out clause in his seven-year, $217 million contract.
“I’m opting in,” he said prior to the team’s celebratory duck boat parade. “I’m not going anywhere. I want to win here. We did that this year, and I want to do it again.”
Price’s tenure in Boston has had its fair share of ups and downs, but the 33-year-old insisted he had always planned on opting in — even before his stellar pitching performances in the World Series.
“There wasn’t any reconsideration on my part, ever,” he said. “I never had a problem with the fans. It was [the media] I had a problem with. That’s it. They’ve supported me extremely well.”
The Red Sox still have a number of roster questions to answer — including the impending free agency of Steve Pearce, Nathan Eovaldi, Craig Kimbrel, and Joe Kelly — but Price said he “absolutely” hopes the group returns.
“We had a very good team this year, and we want to continue on with that same team.”
Red Sox owner John Henry called Price’s decision to opt in “great news.”
“In my mind, he’s the co-MVP of the World Series,” Henry said. “I can’t imagine we’d end up winning the World Series without David Price this year. He was willing to pitch every day [and] to sacrifice himself.”