Giants senior vice president and GM Brian Sabean said that he doesn’t plan for the Giants to engage in talks with free agent ace starter Max Scherzer, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports.
Scherzer is clearly the top remaining pitcher of an unappetizing free agent class for starting pitching (beyond James Shields, of course). The 30-year-old, who took home 2013 AL Cy Young Award honors, led the league with 18 wins while posting a 3.15 ERA and a 252/63 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings.
The Giants have had a relatively quiet off-season after winning their third championship in five years. Their biggest moves have been signing reliever Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal, signing starter Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal, and trading for third baseman Casey McGehee. They have notably lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval and 1B/OF Michael Morse to free agency.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.