So David Price thinks it would be the "coolest" to win a World Series with the Cubs?
In all seriousness though, the industry buzz is that the Cubs will be quite the attractive landing spot for future free-agent pitchers such as Mr. Price. One prominent agents suggests that the Cubs are going to be a team that the top pitchers will flock to, mainly because of the potential offensive juggernaut they are currently assembling.
Well, that and the perceived available cash they will have to spend to fill their need for an ace.
When you look ahead at the Cubs future, you see that most of the young hitting talent they will have will be young and cost controlled for the foreseeable future. Both Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are already locked up under long-term club friendly deals.
The even younger core that is coming through the system should be under control for years to come, not taking into account more possible early extensions that the Cubs so like to do. Aside from a free-agent veteran that that could help insulate the lineup, the Cubs will be able to use their resources primarily to help in the one area they lack: impact arms.
Guys like Jon Lester and David Price fit the bill perfectly.
I do see and hear the Cubs making a major play for Lester this off-season, but many also know the Cubs have liked Price in the past and they currently employee Price's former pitching coach at Vanderbilt, Derrick Johnson.
I'm told by multiple agents that the Cubs will be a destination for top pitching free agents. One source suggested that Price would be open to signing a long-term deal if he is dealt to a team with which he sees a winning future.
Could that be the Cubs? I would think they now have plenty of ammunition to make a deal like that happen. The Rays, however, have been known to hijack teams' systems in deals.
The cost to acquire Price in a trade could be too prohibitive to make sense though, so perhaps the Cubs try to sign him as a free-agent instead. Apparently, Price has the Cubs high atop his wish list.
"Winning absolutely is something you want to do," Price told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Being a part of something special is also something you want to do. You can take that to a first-place team. You could take that all the way to a last-place team like the Cubs. With the talent they have coming up they could be a very special team in a few years as well. That would probably be the coolest city to win a championship in. They haven't done it in I'm not sure how long. To do that there that would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now."
The word is Price wants to be a difference maker, a guy who is seen as a major reason for a championship being won. Sounds like a case of Price openly flirting win the Cubs here.
We will see if Jed Hoyer feels the same way, and consummates the relationship.
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