Xander Bogaerts is relishing the opportunity to play alongside David Price after the Boston Red Sox reportedly reached a lucrative agreement to sign the free-agent pitcher.
Reports on Tuesday claimed the Red Sox and ace Price agreed to a seven-year deal worth $217million to lure the five-time MLB All-Star to Fenway Park.
The $31m average value of the contract is set to make Price the highest-paid pitcher in the history of the game.
Boston, who have finished bottom of the American League East in consecutive seasons, did not confirm the move but shortstop Bogaerts spoke on Tuesday and said: "My brother told me about it. I was definitely excited to get that news.
"He's a great pitcher, I can tell you that for sure. I'm just happy not to face him anymore."
Bogaerts added: "It's very aggressive. It's still kind of early in the off-season. The Winter Meetings haven't come up yet, and we got Price before it even started.
"It's just a boost going into next year knowing you have that type of guy as part of your rotation."
Price boasts a career 3.09 ERA and was the 2012 Cy Young winner.
Over his last four seasons, the 30-year-old left-hander has averaged 213 strikeouts in 217 innings.
He finished second in AL Cy Young Award voting in 2015 after going 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA in over 220 innings with the Detroit Tigers and Blue Jays.
Price will be the ace of a Red Sox rotation that features Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Eduardo Rodriguez and Joe Kelly.
Bogaerts added: "A lot of people thought we were missing an ace and that it affected the other pitchers.
"Our pitching staff is going to get a boost for sure. He's, for sure, a top-of-the-rotation type of guy. Hopefully, he's going to be the ace. That's why they are giving him that type of money."