Los Angeles Dodgers veteran pitcher David Price plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2022 season, according to USA Today.
Price, 37, has spent 15 years in the MLB (14 seasons — he opted out of the COVID-shortened 2020 season). In 2022, he has appeared out of the bullpen in 38 contests for the Dodgers, going 2-0 with a 2.58 ERA.
“It’s just time. Everything on my body hurts,” he told Bob Nightengale on Sunday.
Price broke into the league in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays, quickly establishing himself as an elite pitcher.
He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012 with the Rays, putting together a dominant season in which went 20-5 with an American League-leading 2.56 ERA. Price also finished second in the Cy Young voting twice – in 2010 with the Rays and in a 2015 season split between the Tigers and Blue Jays.
The lefthander pitched for the Red Sox between 2016-19, appearing in 103 games (98 starts) for the club and compiling an ERA of 3.84. He won a World Series with the team in 2018, and was named as the American League Comeback Player of the Year following that season.
After notably struggling in the postseason throughout his career, Price went 2-0 and recorded a 1.98 ERA in three appearances (two starts) across 13.2 innings against the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series.
He was sent to the Dodgers in February, 2020 as part of the Mookie Betts trade, and moved to the bullpen during the 2021 season.
Currently on the injured list with left wrist inflammation, Price will look to contribute to one last World Series run when he returns, as the Dodgers lead all of baseball with a 100-44 record.