Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price buys St. Petersburg home for $3.3 million cash

Published October 5 2016
Updated October 5 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — Boston Red Sox Pitcher David Price is returning to the Tampa Bay area — as a property owner.

A trust representing Price, who made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, paid $3.3 million cash in late September for a house on St. Petersburg's Snell Isle. Built five years ago, the four-bedroom, six bath home has 6,500 heated square feet and overlooks Coffee Pot Bayou.

Price is not expected to live there, his agent, Bo McKinnis, said Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Tennessee native recently became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Tiffany Smith, and already has homes in Nashville and Boston. He also bought his parents a home in Manatee County.

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Selected first overall in the 2007 baseball draft, Price helped the Rays reach their first World Series in 2008. He went on to become an American League starter for the 2010 All-Star Game, finished second in the voting for that year's Cy Young Award and won the coveted award in 2012 after a tight pennant race.

The Rays traded Price in 2014 to the Detroit Tigers, who traded him in 2015 to the Toronto Blue Jays. During the following off season, the Red Sox signed Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report. Contact Susan Taylor Martin at [email protected] or (727) 89-8642. Follow @susanskate