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February 11, 2019 - 9:04 pm

 contract and hit free agency this winter…..ler-jersey , David Price appears to be in it for the long haul with the Boston Red Sox.The veteran southpaw was recently asked if he plans to test the open market after this season, and he made it clear that he doesn’t see a point in doing so.”Why would I think about that?” Price said, per Christopher Smith of “… Go to a lesser team. For what?Why would I leave here to go to a team that’s not as good as this team? I came here to win. I don’t worry about all the other stuff. Just come here to win. We’re going to have a really good chance to do that.”The 33-year-old still has four years and $127 million remaining on theseven-year, $217 millionmegadealhe signed back in December 2015.Price’s time in Boston did not get off to a smooth start. While he went 17-9 in his first season in a Red Sox uniform, his earned run average ballooned to 3.99, the highest since his first full year in the majors. Then, he had a number of clashes with the Boston media, as detailed by’sNikDeCosta-Klipa.To make matters worse, the $217 million pitcher has continued to struggle in the postseason. He is just 1-3 in seven playoff appearances with the Red Sox, with the lone victory coming in a relief outing. He is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA in nine career postseason starts Joey Wendle Jersey , numbers that have drawn the ire of Boston fans.However, Price is in the midst of the best season of his Red Sox career to date. He is 14-6 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP while striking out 162 batters in 158.2 innings. Since the All-Star break, he is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in eight starts.A hot stretch like that could tempt Price to see if he could cash in even more. But as he noted, he wants to win a World Series.With Price, Chris Sale,MookieBetts and J.D. Martinez leading the way, Boston (99-46) appears to be the favorite as it continues to run away with the best record in the majors. On Tuesday, the Red Sox became the first team to clinch aplayoffberth.A strong postseason performance that results in a championship could give Price something to think about. Then again, after many of last year’s free agents struggled to find contracts, it may be tough for Pricespecially at his ageo cash in even more regardless of how he pitches the rest of the season. The Texas Rangers have fired manager Jeff Banister following a second consecutive non-playoff and losing season…..oyo-jersey , according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.Rangers make it official: Jeff Banister dismissed as manager; Wakamatsu to be interim manager— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) September 21, 2018For the final week of the regular season, Banister will be replaced by Don Wakamatsu, who has been serving as the team’s bench coach. Banister leaves Texas with a 325-313 record, winning AL Manager of the Year in 2015 after leading the Rangers to 88 wins and the AL West Division title.Banister also guided Texas to the top record in the AL in 2016 with a 95-67 finish. But in both ALDS trips, the Rangers were eliminated by the Toronto Blue Jays. As Texas transitions towards a retooling stage, the front office decided it was necessary make a managerial change following another dismal season.advertising Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsThe Rangers finished 2017 with a porous 78-84 record, and they’re about to finish up 2018 as the worst team in the AL West. With Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels being traded in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the Rangers are changing up the direction of the franchise.Texas was among the top teams in the American League for six years, winning four division titles between 2010-16. That included trips to the 2010 and 2011 World Series…..ldi-jersey , and a berth in the 2012 AL Wild Card Game. But the division rival Houston Astros have emerged as the new top team in the AL West, and the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics look ready to contend for years to come.advertisingRangers general manager Jon Daniels will have plenty of options to choose from, should he decide not to give Wakamatsu to the full-time gig. Dusty Baker, John Farrell, John Gibbons (expected to be let go after 2018), and Mike Matheny are among the many experienced managers who may be considered.

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