John Farrell paid the ultimate price for not being able to deal with David Price.
The former Red Sox manager, who was fired after Boston’s early exit from the playoffs, reportedly had issues trying to handle the team’s highest-paid player.
“I think the David Price situation was tough on John,” a source told the Boston Globe. “He couldn’t stop Price from saying stuff. Price had a lot of influence with the players and John couldn’t change Price. John was never afraid to have a tough conversation with a player. He had no problem with that. But he had a tough time with Price.”
The source added that the manager did not lose control of the Red Sox clubhouse.
Farrell has some company when it comes to having issues with Price.
Price, a $30 million investment, battled injuries for most of the season, but made headlines twice for clashing with members of the media.
On a team flight in June, Price had a “verbal confrontation” with hall of famer and NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley for his critique of a Boston player during a broadcast.
Earlier that month, Price blew up on multiple New England media members, saying he was “unhappy with how he’s been treated in Boston.”
“Write whatever the (expletive) you want. Just write it. Whatever the (expletive) you want,” Price said.
After that incident, Price only spoke to the media on his days he pitched.
He never insinuated his relationship with Farrell was rough.
“I know I’ve got 24 guys in this clubhouse and all our coaches rooting for me, and my family and my friends. That’s all I need,” Price said at the time.
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