The Red Sox agreed to a seven-year, $217 million deal with lefthander David Price on Tuesday, the largest contract for a pitcher in major league history.
A brief look at Price:
■ Price, 30, was born Aug. 26, 1985. He is from Murfreesboro, Tenn., and played at Blackman High in that town, then attended Vanderbilt. He was the top pick of the 2007 draft by Tampa Bay.
The 6-foot-6-inch, 210-pounder’s offseason residence was listed as Nashville in the Tigers media guide this season.
■ Price made his major league debut on Sept. 14, 2008, vs. the Yankees. He pitched 5⅓ innings in relief, allowing two runs on three hits, including a home run. He took the loss as Tampa Bay went down, 8-4, at Yankee Stadium. His first major league victory came in his first start on Sept. 22, 2008, a 4-2 win over the Orioles.
■ Price won the 2012 Cy Young Award. He went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA. A five-time All-Star, Price beat out Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver for the 2012 Cy Young.
■ Price is fairly active on Twitter, commenting on personal activity and sports, and also interacting with fans. He is particularly fond of his dog, Astro, who also has his own Twitter account, and popcorn.
■ Price has been traded twice. The Rays sent him to Detroit on July 31, 2014, in exchange for Willy Adams, Austin Jackson, and Drew Smyly. On July 30, 2015, the Tigers traded him to Toronto for Jairo Labourt, Matt Boud, and Daniel Norris.
■ A sampling of reaction to the news he’d be joining the Red Sox on social media: