David Price says that he and his star teammates could get traded if the Boston Red Sox don’t pull out of their early-season slump.
A miserable start to the season hit rock bottom when the Boston Red Sox were swept in a quick two-game series in the Bronx. The current losing streak has dropped them to 6-13, the worst record in the American League and 8.5 games behind a division-leading Tampa Bay Rays team they will visit this weekend. We’re well beyond the point of worrying about a slow start and trending toward a full-blown crisis.
David Price has felt the sense of urgency to turn things around quickly or else the team may face drastic ramifications. The consequences of this early-season failure could go as far as blowing up a championship roster with an epic mid-season fire sale.
According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, a dejected Price wondered aloud in front of reporters if he and his fellow star players could find themselves on the trading block this summer.
"“If we don’t start playing better, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, maybe myself, we could get traded,” said Price. “We’re, what, 30th in minor league systems? We’re dead last. We don’t play better, Mookie Betts will be traded, J.D. Martinez will be traded. It will be tough for a while here.”"
Now that’s a hot take! The reigning World Series champions throwing in the towel less than a month into the season? We aren’t quite there yet, although it’s interesting that the notion has even crossed Price’s mind. It shows the mentality in the clubhouse of a team that is starting to get desperate. How deep of a hole does Boston need to dig themselves into before Price’s prediction becomes a shocking reality?