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David Price opts out of playing in 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price has opted out of playing this year

2020 Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price has announced that he will not be playing in 2020 due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Price indicated he will return for the 2021 season.

Price is in the fifth year of a 7 year, $217 million deal that he originally signed with the Boston Red Sox. Boston traded Price and Mookie Betts to the Dodgers this season in an on-again, off-again three way deal that turned into a lengthy saga and ultimately required a reworking of the pieces to get done. Price is under contract this year for $32 million, and while a player with an underlying health issue that makes him high risk for contracting COVID-19 may opt out and still receive their salary, players without such conditions forfeit their 2020 salaries if they opt out. As Price does not, as far as I know, have any conditions that make him high risk, by opting out he is walking away from almost $12 million.

Price, who turns 35 next month, had a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts for Boston last year. He was expected to be a member of the Dodgers rotation this season.