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Dodgers News: David Price Isn’t Retiring, but Yeah, He’s Retiring

David Price spent three years in the Dodgers organization, sitting out the 2020 season because of Covid concerns before pitching 79 games — 68 of them in relief — for Los Angeles between 2021 and 2022. The five-time All-Star was solid but unspectacular for L.A.

There were reports back in August that he would retire at the end of the season, but he walked those back a bit and said he hadn’t made a decision. On Tuesday, word came down that Price won’t pitch in 2023.



Price has had a great career, pitching 14 years in the big leagues and winning a Cy Young Award while finishing second two other times. The former number-one draft pick out of Vanderbilt was outstanding his first eight years, going 104-56 with a 3.09 ERA with all five of his All-Star appearances and all three of his Cy Young top-twos in that eight-year stretch with Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Detroit.

Price signed with Boston for seven years and $217 million prior to the 2016 season, and while he was solid, it was clear his best years were behind him. He was limited by injury in 2017 and 2019, and after that 2019 season, he was included in the trade that brought Mookie Betts to Los Angeles, with Boston using it to shed half of Price’s salary and L.A. taking him on to reduce the prospect capital going back to Boston in the deal.

If this is the end for Price, it’s been a great career. He won’t end up in the Hall of Fame, but he won a World Series and made $270 million, which most people would take.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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2 Comments

  1. Seemed like a good guy, not that I know him personally.

    But what I never understood is why the Dodgers didn’t use him as a starter, like he’d been his whole career before the Dodgers. Yeah, he might not have been the pitcher he once was, but a starter does not equal a reliever. Oh yeah, we’re talking Roberts here. Or if he was that bad, why they didn’t just release him.

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