Why free agent-to-be David Price might prefer the National League


Well, one obvious factor is that he’ll get to face the opposing pitcher instead of a DH every start, which will certainly help lower his ERA. But George A. King III of the New York Post has another, more interesting reason:

When David Price hits free agency following the season, a person who knows him from his time with Tampa Bay said the former Rays pitcher will prefer signing with an NL team because he loves to hit.

Price, who turns 30 years old in late August, is expected to command a contract north of $200 million, rivaling the seven-year, $210 million deal Max Scherzer signed with the Nationals during the offseason. As a hitter, Price has a .230 OPS in 30 career plate appearances and his only two hits are singles. It’s unlikely that the opportunity to take two or three plate appearances every five days will influence where he ends up. In the off chance that an American League team and a National League team both make a similar offer, though, Price might opt for the chance to hit regularly.

Price was terrific through his first three starts, yielding just one earned run in 22 1/3 innings, but he was demolished by the Yankees on Wednesday. The lefty was hit around for eight runs in 2 1/3 innings, bumping his career ERA against the Yankees up to 4.41 in 165 1/3 innings.

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.