David Price, coming off his highest Box-Toppers point season, to sign with Red Sox

David Price on August 8, 2015 (2)

David Price, coming off his highest single-season Box-Toppers point total, has agreed to a seven-year, $217 million deal to join the Red Sox.

Price earned 21.1 Box-Toppers points in 2015, earning 13.1 points with the Tigers and 8.0 points after being traded to the Blue Jays in late July. Price ranked fifth among all players in Box-Toppers points and second among American League pitchers, just behind Dallas Keuchel of the Astros (21.4).

David Price

Here is a look at David Price’s career in Box-Toppers points (BTP), showing how many points he earned each season, his overall rank among all players and his rank among American League pitchers.

Overall AL P
Yr Team BTP Rank Rank
2009 Rays 5.0 202 47
2010 Rays 11.7 37 11
2011 Rays 15.1 16 6
2012 Rays 14.1 21 10
2013 Rays 7.7 92 33
2014 Rays/Tigers 19.1 7 4
2015 Tigers/Blue Jays 21.1 5 2
Total 93.8
BTP: Box-Toppers points

Price, 30, has consistently been one of the top-ranked players in Box-Toppers points throughout his career. In seven seasons, he has ranked among the top 15 AL pitchers five times and earned 15.0 or more Box-Toppers points in a single season three times. In 2012, he won the AL Cy Young Award in a season in which he earned 14.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked 10th among AL pitchers. (Jon Lester of the Red Sox led AL pitchers that season with 23.4 points.)

His past two seasons have been his best in terms of Box-Toppers points and both have been spent split with two different teams.

In 2014, he earned 19.1 Box-Toppers points, ranking seventh among all players and fourth among AL pitchers. He earned 14.1 points with the Rays and 5.0 points after being traded to the Tigers.

Price is the top-ranked AL pitcher in Box-Toppers points for the past two seasons combined. In 2014 and 2015, Price has 40.2 Box-Toppers points. That’s actually tied with Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, but Price wins the tiebreaker because he had more points in 2015 (21.1 vs. 19.4). Price ranks fourth among all players over the past two seasons, trailing Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (57.2), Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta (43.8) and Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (43.1). (Another key free agent pitcher, Zack Greinke of the Dodgers, ranks eighth among players over the past two seasons with 37.2 points.)

Price is the second-ranked AL pitcher over the period 2010-15, behind Hernandez. Price has 88.8 points in the period. Hernandez has 105.8.

Price has 93.8 career Box-Toppers points, which ranks 86th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He ranks 51st among all pitchers in career points in that span. Price ranks 36th among all active players in career Box-Toppers points and 10th among AL pitchers active at the end of the 2015 season.