David Price lorded over the Red Sox clubhouse like a raven.
Whereas most players find a pregame place to hide — be it the trainer’s room, batting cage, or manager’s office — Price spent more time at his locker than anyone, often facing out with a crossword.
Tucked in a nook behind couches on a short wall beyond the traveling secretary, he occupied prime real estate reserved for elder statesmen before him like Bret Saberhagen, Pedro Martinez, Josh Beckett, and Jonathan Papelbon.
The vantage point afforded Price a view of virtually the entire clubhouse, and he put it to good use, monitoring whatever interactions he wished. Even the simple act of interviewing a player became fraught, with both reporter and subject aware of Price’s gaze.
The result was a tension that hung over the clubhouse during a difficult 2019 season, which helps explain why the trade that sent Price and former MVP Mookie Betts to the Dodgers on Tuesday didn’t just save the Red Sox $48 million. It should also significantly improve a culture that…