Los Angeles Dodgers: David Price ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be in LA

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Mookie Betts #50 and David Price "n#33 are interviewed during a press conference at Dodger Stadium on February 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Mookie Betts #50 and David Price "n#33 are interviewed during a press conference at Dodger Stadium on February 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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David Price got a bad rap in Boston. Now, as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he couldn’t be happier and that’s a great sign for the city of LA.

When David Price signed a 7-year, $217M contract with the Red Sox in 2016, the expectations were through the roof. Though he pitched well in his time in Boston, ultimately helping to deliver a World Series in 2018, the front office essentially dumped him this offseason alongside right fielder Mookie Betts in a trade involving the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Now, rocking LA’s white and blue, Price “couldn’t be happier,” per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

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Though the City of Boston is smaller in stature to that of Los Angeles, Price just couldn’t get over how much more lax things are in the Dodgers clubhouse. To illustrate this, Price described his first experience in Dodgers camp.

After throwing for the first time since having wrist surgery 6-months ago, Price returned to the clubhouse to find… peace and quiet?

"“I came in, got undressed, showered, came back to my locker, and stood there for 10 or 15 minutes. There were maybe two or three [reporters] hanging out, talking to other guys, and nobody came over to talk to me about my day. I couldn’t believe it.”"

After relaying this experience to Magic Johnson and Dodgers President of Baseball Ops Andrew Friedman, Price and Betts were told that LA is a “big media market, but with a small-market feel.”

As a result, Price told Nightengale, “I’ve only been here a couple of weeks but I really couldn’t be happier.”

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With a rotation featuring Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and now a “happy” David Price, the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to return to the World Series for the third time in four years. This time, they hope to bring the trophy back to Los Angeles for the first time since 1988.