David Price won't opt out of his Red Sox contract: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Pitcher David Price, one of the triumphant heroes of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, is staying right where he is.

Price’s seven-year, $217 million contract, which he signed in 2015, includes an opt-out after the 2018 season. But on Wednesday, a half hour before the World Series parade was due to start, Price told the media that he’s staying put in Boston.

Price said in September that he wouldn’t opt out of his contract with the Red Sox, telling MassLive “Why would I leave here to go to a team that’s not as good as this team?” And considering that the Red Sox just won the World Series, he’s right on the money.

It wasn’t always a given that Price would stay, though. His first few years in Boston weren’t great. He struggled with injuries and with consistency on the mound, and constantly sparred with the Boston media. He even confronted Red Sox broadcaster (and former pitcher) Dennis Eckersley on a team plane when he though Eckersley had been too hard on one of his teammates during a broadcast.

But 2018 was a renaissance for Price. He had a 2.98 ERA at Fenway Park, and made amends with several members of the press. And that was all before he threw a single pitch in the playoffs. During which he overcame his postseason demons and helped lead the Red Sox to a World Series victory.

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BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 6: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning of Game 2 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on October 6, 2018. (Photo By Christopher Evans/Digital First Media/Boston Herald via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout after being pulled from the game in the second inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on October 6, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 9: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates in the visitor's clubhouse after a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS to advance to the ALCS at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: Fans cheer Red Sox starting pitcher David Price as he heads into the bullpen for his pre game warmups.The Boston Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros in Game Two of their ALCS baseball matchup at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: Red Sox starting pitcher David Price is pictured as he leaves the game after being pulled by manager Alex Cora with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros in Game Two of their ALCS baseball matchup at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 18: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the first inning during Game 5 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Loren Elliott/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 18: Red Sox pitcher David Price in the sixth inning. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Five of ALCS at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Oct. 18, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 18: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates in the clubhouse after the Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Loren Elliott/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: A general view as Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning in Game Two of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during Game 2 of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers aat Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 24: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price reacts after what he believed to be a non-called third strike during the third inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Two of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox is greeted in the dugout by manager Alex Cora #20 during Game 2 of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox is taken out of the game during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox is taken out of the game during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox delivers the pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after retiring the side during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after retiring the side during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price is greeted by teammates in the dugout after the seventh inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price, left, catcher Christian Vazquez and pitcher Chris Sale celebrate after the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers 5-1. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price, left, catcher Christian Vazquez and pitcher Chris Sale celebrate after the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers 5-1. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the World Series trophy after his team's 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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But finances probably influenced him a little as well. Price will make $31 million in 2019, and $32 million in 2020, 2021, and 2022. That’s almost certainly more than he’d make on the open market if he opted out and became a free agent.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter at @lizroscher.

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