Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the St. Louis Cardinals, who could lose John Lackey to free agency and have already lost Lance Lynn next season to Tommy John surgery, finished second in the Price sweepstakes.
However, also from Rosenthal, another starting pitcher might overtake both Price and Cabrera's record soon:
Per Nightengale, the Cardinals offered a seven-year deal worth $30 million less than the Red Sox's offer, but Price had been "enamored" by the postseason success of the franchise. Ultimately, he took the bigger offer.
Price, who signed a one-year, $19.75 million deal with the Detroit Tigers before the 2015 season, was dealt at the trade deadline to the Toronto Blue Jays, who were looking to mount a playoff run.
His acquisition helped the Jays do just that, as Price went 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA during his two months in the regular season with Toronto.
His ability to dominate in the regular season and post such a low ERA in the American League made him one of the most sought-after free agents during the offseason.
He joins a rotation that needed an ace of his caliber. He can provide some stability at the top of the pitching staff, allowing fellow starters Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello to slide into more suitable mid-rotation slots.
All told, it's a major coup for the Red Sox as the offseason arms race begins to heat up.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.