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Friday, 28 July 2017 17:22

David Price is a clubhouse cancer

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It's no secret that David Price doesn't like it here in Boston, that is why he needs to be traded but unfortunately it won't happen

When I woke up this morning, I thought I would be writing a column about how the Red Sox should consider trading David Price with the way that it has become evident that he has become a cancer in the clubhouse and poses a threat to the Red Sox World Series hopes. 

Right now, the Red Sox are in a tailspin with the news of the details regarding, Price's verbal abuse of Red Sox broadcaster and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in front of teammates, with a number of them clapping and approving with Dustin Pedroia possibly being one of them.

It is clear that the Red Sox have been devoid of leadership this season in the absence of David Ortiz and while Price has attempted and succeeded in becoming a team leader on the team, he is not the type of leader that the Red Sox need. 

Price's behavior in chewing out Evan Drellich of Comcast SportsNet New England within ear shot of teammates in early June and then ambushing Eckersley on the team plane and essentially bullying the Hall of Famer is not acceptable in any way shape or form and sets a bad example for younger players like Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr, and now Rafael Devers. 

That is not what a leader does. A leader does not behave the way that Price has towards the media or anyone. A leader would not publicly ambush a media member if they had a problem with the media. None of this would have happened if David Ortiz was still in the clubhouse.

Point is, Price is not a leader and the fact that he is, is dangerous for the Red Sox postseason hopes only a half game up on the Yankees and only three games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, they might not even make the playoffs, with the team on the verge of going into a tailspin. A tailspin like we saw in September of 2011. 

The Red Sox clubhouse seems toxic with these public backlashes against the media and that is because of David Price. The best course of action seems to be to give Price what he wants and ship him OUT of Boston. It would be addition by subtraction. 

Unfortunately with these new developments of his elbow flaring up again, he has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, making him untradeable with the trade deadline just four days away.

I guess we will have to deal with his childish behavior for another season while he continues to infect the clubhouse. 

Ethan Winter

Ethan Winter is a member of the Red Sox Beat for CLNS. He is a passionate and die hard Red Sox and Boston sports fan and is a 2014 graduate of High Point University. When he isn't watching or covering the Red Sox for CLNS, he is galavanting across Massachusetts as a freelance writer covering high school sports for various newspapers.