David Price opts out of 2020 season: former Boston Red Sox pitcher (traded to Dodgers) cites health risk of coronavirus


David Price, who helped the Boston Red Sox win a World Series title in 2018, will not play during the 2020 season because of the health risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Red Sox traded Price with Mookie Betts to the Dodgers for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong in February.

Price wrote the following message on Twitter:

Dear Dodgers Nation:

After consideration, thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me not to play this season,. I will miss my teammates and will be cheering for them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory. I’m sorry I won’t be playing for you this year, but look forward to representing you next year.”

Stay safe, stay well and, be kind. And Go Dodgers.

Love,

David Price

Price gave $1,000 to every Dodgers minor league player in June to help support them during the pandemic.

Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake, Rockies’ Ian Desmond and Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman are some of the other players who have announced they won’t play in 2020.

Angels superstar Mike Trout said he might not play. Trout and his wife Jessica are expecting a baby in August.

MLB announced 1.2% (38 of 3,185) of the people it tested this week tested positive for COVID-19. Two Red Sox players — Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor — tested positive.

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