David Price admits he didn't handle 2017 well with Boston Red Sox

David Price on Mistakes with Red Sox in '17: 'I Could Have Handled It Better'

He doesn't sound intent on opting out after the coming season, which may come as a surprise to some.

He says dealing with high expectations from the Boston fan base is pretty straightforward. "I came here to win". "But you're not going to come over and overload me with negativity". "I think that is something that is going to push him. If you go out there and pitch well and play well, you're going to have support", Price said.

There's no doubt Boston needs Martinez's bat in the lineup. He could've hemmed and hawed.

The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy pressed Price on whether he'd be willing to talk to Eckersley in order to presumably bury the hatchet.

In between, Price spent his time on the disabled list last summer telling many of his younger teammates that the media was out to get them.

David Price wants to move on from his problems last season, both on the field and with the media. "I know that and understand that, and I look forward to getting back and being that faucet and not being a drain".

Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal prior to the 2016 season and Boston wants him to be the 1B to Chris Sale's 1A for years to come. "That's not gonna happen".

Unsurprisingly, Price is ready to put everything behind him.

"It's something I took from [ex-teammate] James Shields: if you don't like it, pitch better", said Price.

"If you don't like it, pitch better and that's always the motto", Price said. "You can always make things better by pitching better". Knowing how it usually goes here, that's certainly possible.

Now fully healthy, the left-hander expects to turn the page on a tumultuous 2017 and pitch the way he knows he's capable. He showed some of that late in the 2017 season and the hope is that his success carries over to 2018 - and also that he's gotten over the initial shock of the differences between playing in Boston and playing in Tampa, Detroit, or Toronto. Last we checked in, the Red Sox were offering about $125 million to Martinez, but that is reportedly closer to $100 million now and regardless of what types of offers are being presented this offseason, that offer is dangerously close to "downright insulting" instead of just a team haggling to save a few bucks. His mind could still change.

Doing so also represents the only way Price can reasonably exercise his opt-out.

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