I think this highlights the same underlying point that I made in the 2022 rotation thread. People moan about short contract acquisitions as if they aren't going to add anything and pine for the guys that are getting 9 figure deals as if they are a sure thing.Add to this that Price was a FA and given a 7 year 217M contract. The same sort of contract that some are crushing Bloom for not yet handing out.
Price is a great example of why this logic is flawed. Even if the contract was an overpay, it was at least in the ballpark of what would have been expected at the time. Price had just put together 6 seasons with an average fWAR of 4.95 and 31.67 starts per season. Weighted 3-2-1 for the prior 3 seasons the average weighted fWAR was 5.88.
Then he signed that 7 year contract with 31mm AAV. Since signing he's averaged only 2.26 fWAR per year over 5 years and average 21.8 starts per season. He hasn't been useless, but his 13.71mm per fWAR is pretty terrible.