If David Price didn’t already know that his career 0-8 record as a starter in the postseason elicits strong feelings from Boston Red Sox fans, a little birdie could have told him.
Price has a Twitter account (@DAVIDprice24) and isn’t afraid to use it. He follows more than 1,800 people, has 1.64 million followers, and has tweeted more than 15,000 times. He interacts with friends, fellow athletes, even fans, and lately the ace lefty with the $217 million contract has taken several not-so-subtle jabs at critics of his string of postseason duds, the latest of which came two months ago in Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.
The Cardinals had to extend beyond their comfort zone to sign Fowler, offering him a blanket no-trade clause, according to a source, to go with a contract that some in the industry view as market-altering. The deal will pay Fowler $16.5 million per season through 2021.
Authentic Mens Kosuke Fukudome Jersey The reason the Cardinals felt compelled to go that high was their need for speed and defensive competence. They were a below-average fielding team and one of the worst baserunning groups in the majors last season. General manager John Mozeliak said Fowler was the team’s No. 1 target all offseason.
“It was an honor just to be considered to be in the Cardinals organization,” said Fowler, who will wear No. 25 in honor of his mentor, Barry Bonds. Fowler’s usual 24 is retired by the Cardinals; it was worn by former manager Whitey Herzog.
Authentic Kids Lawrence Guy Jersey Now, with the 30-year-old Fowler in center field alongside young outfielders Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty, the Cardinals feel they have one of the better defensive outfields in the league.
“One of things we wanted to address was athleticism, someone who could hit at the top of the order, if possible, to allow us to have flexibility with [Matt] Carpenter, and we were looking to find someone who is extremely competent on the basepaths,” Mozeliak said.
“I think we were able to accomplish that, but Mr. Fowler is more than that. There’s always the baseball element, but one of the things about Dexter that excited us is he’s a student of the game.”