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.