Dodgers fans will not see David Price take the mound for Los Angeles in 2020 after the left-hander announced he is opting out of the upcoming season.
The decision made by Price certainly has made news around league circles. Both J.D. Martinez and Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke weighed in on the development Sunday.
“I respect his opinion. It’s a scary time right now,” Martinez said, per Providence Journal’s Bill Koch.
Martinez added that he generally respects players for making “individual decisions.”
Roenicke, Boston’s bench coach for three of the four years that Price was with the Sox, shared a similar sentiment. He added that he still considers the World Series champion a competitive player in the league.
“These are tough decisions,” the first-year Boston manager said, per Koch.
Martinez, however, expressed his commitment to playing the season despite being “scared of everything” due to being asthmatic.
“I think my love for the game is going to outweigh my fear once I get out there,” Martinez said.
Price is among the biggest names to opt-out of the campaign thus far.