MURFREESBORO — David Price is a free agent for the first time after pitching seven full seasons in his major league career.
However, the former Blackman and Vanderbilt standout pitcher hasn’t started to think about who he may pitch for next season.
“That’s something that is going to take control of itself,” Price said this week prior to the eighth annual Project 14 Golf Tournament at Old Fort Golf Club. “I’m not putting a lot of thought into it, especially right now.
“My mind is as far away from baseball. You’ve got to be able to separate yourself from the game, especially in the offseason.”
Price went 18-5 this season, splitting time with the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. He had a 2.45 ERA.
Former Smyrna and Vanderbilt standout pitcher Sonny Gray realizes that Price’s list of potential teams doesn’t include his team, the Oakland A’s.
“I think we all know that’s not going to happen,” said Gray, who went 14-7 with a 2.73 ERA. “It will be a fun offseason for him. But I don’t know, stressful, fun — we’ll just see.”
Price and the Blue Jays reached the American League Championship Series before being eliminated by the Kansas City Royals. The Murfreesboro native said he hasn’t watched much of the World Series.
Price’s Project 14 Foundation is helping fund the creation of a Miracle Field for disabled children and adults. It would be located at McKnight Park, where Price first began playing baseball.
“It is going to become a reality,” Price said. “It is something I was a part of when I was with Tampa Bay. We did it on Saturday mornings in St. Petersburg.
“It’s a big-league game for those kids. It’s something special for those kids. To be able to build one in my hometown I think that would be very special.”
Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons said the Murfreesboro City Council has embraced the Miracle Field idea.
Lyons said the council next week will be meeting to discuss the capital-improvement plan, which will include some funding for the field.
“We’re anxious to get it started,” Lyons said.
Price, though, said his foundation isn’t just to help those in the Murfreesboro community.
“This (foundation) is for everyone,” Price said. “It’s not just for Murfreesboro or Shelbyville. We’ve done stuff in Nashville. This is for Middle Tennessee. This is where I’m from. We want to be able to help as many people and as many kids as possible. If you just reach out to us and tell us your story, we help a lot of people.”
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.