The 2017 season was regrettable in many ways for Price.
"Honestly, I feel like it's pretty straightforward", he said.
Price signed a seven-year deal with Boston before the 2016 season and has been solid on the field, producing a 3.84 ERA in the past two years. He hit a career-high 45 home runs past year while splitting time with the Diamondbacks and Tigers. "But I didn't. I moved on and am looking forward to getting back to this year on the right foot". "But you're not going to come over and overload me with negativity. That's not going to happen".
With an improved outlook and a fully healthy throwing elbow, Price set his goals to pitch in a World Series for the first time since 2008. He also led the league with 230 innings pitched in 2016.
On paper there are obvious things that they can use in their sales pitch like Martinez getting to play in the outfield and already being comfortable in their organization, but that's not really getting creative - that's just stating the obvious. "Go out there and throw the ball the way I threw the ball before I got to Boston".
"You guys expect a lot and guys coming into Boston know that", Price said.
Price even left the door open to reconciling with the Hall of Fame pitcher and that he would lift his self-imposed embargo on speaking with media on days he wasn't pitching - as long as he wasn't bombarded with negativity. Unless Price truly is miserable in Boston, it simply wouldn't make sense for him to walk away from what would be another four years and $127 million. If this winter's historically sluggish market is any indication, it will be hard to find a better deal if he re-enters free agency, especially if he isn't coming off a good season.
Unsurprisingly, Price is ready to put everything behind him.
Despite saying he has no doubt he will be back with the Red Sox next season, Price also noted he has not yet discussed the opt-out situation with his family or agent Bo McKinnis.
"Everybody thinks it's a learning year, and yeah I get it, it's a learning year, but I want to win", said Cora. "But I feel like I've gotten better from it". I've learned from it.