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David Price says he hopes to pitch in 2021

He said he’s planning on returning to the mound in 2021

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Los Angeles Dodgers Introduce Mookie Betts and David Price Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

One of the biggest additions for the 2021 season very well could be a player the Dodgers didn’t even sign or trade for this offseason. Instead, it could be a player they traded for last season, David Price.

Price opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. Though he hasn’t officially confirmed whether or not he’ll be back in 2021, all signs are pointing towards yes.

“I think baseball did a pretty good job with it last year, being able to limit the cases that spread,’’ Price said to USA Today Sports. “They proved it can work. I’m sure they learned a lot from last year, and I look forward to seeing what kind of changes they make and plan on doing going forward.

“We’ll see what happens over the next month, but my plan is to be there for the start of spring training.’’

Two days ago, Price posted this clip of him throwing, saying “Never felt better!!”. We weren’t able to clock those pitches, but they sure did look pretty good.

This morning, Price joined MLB Network and talked about how he’s feeling entering the season.

“I feel really good right now,” he said. “I feel a lot better than I did a year ago or six months ago. It’s like having a major surgery where you take a year off. I feel like I’m in a really good spot right now.”

Price last pitched for Boston in 2019, going 7-5 in 22 starts. He posted a 4.28 ERA, 3.62 FIP and 1.31 WHIP. At the age of 33, his 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings average was actually the best of his career.