David Price announced that he will not be playing in the 2020 season on Saturday. The reason? Covid-19 pandemic. We are starting to see more and more players from multiple sports opt out due to the safety of themselves and their families. Here is the statement from Price:
David Price Opts out of 2020 season
“After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health to not play this season. I will miss my teammates and will be cheering for them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory. I’m sorry I won’t be playing for you this year, but look forward to representing you next year.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers released a statement shortly after supporting David Price’s decision to sit out the season.
You really can’t blame him for making this decision to sit out the 2020 season. The health and safety of yourself and you families have to always be priority number one and he feels that playing baseball in 2020 is too much of a risk. Price was the seventh MLB player to announce that he would be opting out of the 2020 season. This has implications for sports bettors because David Price was set to be a large part of the starting rotation. He was bringing World Series experience and confidence after how well he pitched in the 2018 World Series when the Red Sox beat the Dodgers. The oddsmakers have not adjusted the betting odds and they still have the Dodgers as the co-favorites with the New York Yankees to win the 2020 World Series. We picked the Dodgers to win the 2020 World Series.
As for Price, we won’t see him again until 2021, a year that he will turn 35 years old. Price has 12 years of experience pitching at the Major League level. He’s pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox traded Price to the Dodgers earlier this year as part of the Mookie Betts trade.
Stay safe, David.