You’ll never guess why David Price picked the Red Sox over the Cardinals

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Last night it was reported that the St. Louis Cardinals finished second in the David Price sweepstakes. Interesting, in that it’s not terribly often that the Cards are in on the absolute top guy in the free agent market. But it made sense given their needs.

This morning USA Today published Bob Nightengale’s story on the Price signing. The headline: “Why David Price picked Red Sox over Cardinals.” What followed was a 700-word tick-tock about the Price negotiations. All of which was interesting enough. But then you hit this bit:

The Cardinals were also in the hunt for Price, and offered him the richest contract in franchise history, a seven-year deal worth at least $30 million less than the Red Sox’s offer.

Yeah, I guess that’ll do it.

I’m not sure if this says more about the Cardinals and their belief that a top free agent on the market would take considerably less than what most assumed him to be worth or about the media which feels that “free agent takes highest offer” requires an in-depth explainer of a column. Either way, it’s a reminder that the offseason is kind of dumb and that we’re all better off when there are baseball games going on.