Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Sox Sign Price as Cards Fall Short

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Sox Sign Price as Cards Fall Short

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The Cardinals' bid to land one of the prizes of this year's free- agent class and cash in on mutual interest fell shy as lefty David Price came to an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Red Sox trumped all other suitors with a record seven-year, $217 million deal, as first reported by The Boston Globe. The total guarantee surpasses the contract Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw received by $2 million. As recently as last week, members of the Cardinals were optimistic about their discussions with Price's representative and officials had, earlier in the month, recognized the need to make an offer beyond any they had before for a starting pitcher and were intent in their pursuit of Price.

The Cardinals' offer was at least $30 million less than the agreement with Boston, USA Today reported. The paper said that Price started Tuesday believing he was going to sign with the Cardinals before Boston's urgent "final push began." USA Today called the Cardinals "the runner-up."

Cardinals officials do not comment about individual free agents.

Price's contract includes an opt-out after the 2018 season. The Cardinals have been willing to include opt-out clauses in contracts, and outfielder Jason Heyward is likely to receive one in any offer he receives from the Cardinals or other suitors. Earlier this week, general manager John Mozeliak declined to clarify the status of his discussions with Heyward's agent.

Price and Zack Greinke hovered above the market as the two elite starting pitchers available. The Cardinals had previously explored trading for Price, and during that process learned of the lefty's interest in pitching for them.

The Tigers traded Price to Toronto at the deadline this past summer, so the team that signed him does not lose a draft pick. The Detroit executive who traded for him in 2014, Dave Dombrowksi, is now in charge of baseball operations in Boston. (Derrick Goold)

McGwire joining Padres? * Mark McGwire was mingling Tuesday with San Diego Padres coaches at Petco Park, where the team was having organizational meetings. …

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