Blue Jays have “strong interest” in re-signing David Price

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We’ll see what actually happens once the price tag flies past $100 million, but for now the Blue Jays are saying they’ll try to re-sign left-hander David Price.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said during his end-of-season media briefing that the Blue Jays have “strong interest” in bringing back Price after acquiring the impending free agent at the trade deadline and “we’ll be in the game” once offers start rolling in for the former Cy Young winner.

Price was fantastic for Toronto down the stretch, going 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts, but he allowed 16 runs in 23 postseason innings and there were several times where manager John Gibbons seemed hesitant to rely on Price.

Price is one of the best pitchers in baseball and at age 30 he’s going to receive a bunch of massive contract offers, but rightly or wrongly it’s possible his 5.12 ERA in 63 career playoff innings could scare some potential suitors off and the Blue Jays’ postseason experience with Price certainly wasn’t a great one.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”