David Price Eyeying Cubs? Agent Says Cubs Destination For Top Arms

David Price Eyeying Cubs? Agent Says Cubs Destination For Top Arms

So David Price thinks it would be the "coolest" to win a World Series with the Cubs?

Well, duh!

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.

@TomLoxas

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  • We'll also see if there is again one of the arguments over "is he worth $125 million?" Didn't we just go through one of those, with a pitcher under control? Wasn't there a recent post about some Japanese pitcher not being worth it?

  • In reply to jack:

    Let's be fair, my post on Tanaka was outlining the injury he sustained and the way his contract is structured. Imagine if the Cubs had dumped that kind of money into Tanaka with an opt out after 4 seasons, only to watch him get a serious injury like this. It's very possible they did dodge a bullet.

    And also, read towards the bottom of that post where I mention that I'm not opposed to throwing big dollars out for pitchers that are good.

  • I think there are two pretty compelling reasons to consider making a preemptive deal for Price this offseason, if he isn't dealt at the deadline.

    1. The Cubs will have a much better chance of competing for a WC spot next yr, than people realize.

    2. If we learned anything from Tanaka experience, if NYY, or even LAD for that matter, gets interested , the $ can become prohibitive.

    What would be the talent cost here? Javy +? Goes without saying that an extension would need to be consummated for a trade to make sense.

  • In reply to Carl9730:

    I hear you. Its tough to get a player like this in FA. Yet, why give up the top prospects if you don't have too? I'm saying lets roll the dice we get someone in FA.

  • I really like the idea of front-loading some contracts to these top-tier pitchers with the money that's available this offseason (judging by the numbers it seems like they could have anywhere from $50-60 million for this offseason just to get to a $100 million roster). Giving some of these pitchers deals that start out at, say $30 million this season, then scale down over the course of 5 years makes them much less of a drag on salary if/when they become less effective and the hitters in the system hit their prime while still likely under team-friendly deals. That would also give the team the opportunity to catch up in developing pitching in the system.

    I'd really like to see this team take a big step forward in 2015. I have been pretty consistent in my belief that they wouldn't be relevant until 2016 at the earliest, and I'm really, really, hoping to be proven wrong.

  • In reply to caryatid62:

    However, most long term contracts for pitchers work the other way. Also, as Carl states, the Cubs have competition here, so any good pitcher could refuse such a deal.

  • In reply to jack:

    They work that way, but they don't have to.

  • In reply to caryatid62:

    But if the player doesn't accept it, and thinks he has any other choice, it makes no difference. Just ask Jeff.

  • In reply to jack:

    What caryatid62 wrote makes perfect sense. Why would the player care if it was a front loaded contract as long as the money was the same. In fact, it being front loaded would be a selling point to most rational people. Would you like your extra 15 million now or 5 years from now?

    Where are you getting that offering a 29 year old player a competitive contract with equal AAV that is front loaded is thinking that the Cubs are the only game in the MLB and can shove a contract down a free agent's throat?

  • In reply to Quedub:

    I wasn't personally saying that, but only that it is the only rational conclusion from cary's comment.

    So, if such a contract makes so much sense, why aren't baseball players taking it?

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    In reply to jack:

    The enormous tax penalty that comes with taking a larger payment up front might have something to do with it.

  • In reply to JJColorado:

    Do you think there is a higher tax bracket when you go from $20M to $30M????

  • That's one people tend to forget about acquiring SP thru FA. It takes two to tango and there always going to be other deep-pocketed teams(NYY, BOS, LAD, PHI, LAA, even NYM soon) that are going to be "in" on these elite FAs. It's not as simple as us saying "we're ready to win now".....

  • In reply to Carl9730:

    Of course it's not that simple. It's going to take work.

    I'm not sure what that has to do with anything.

  • In reply to caryatid62:

    Apparently you are of the school that the Cubs are the only game in ML and can shove any contract down a free agent's throat.

  • I'm all for it on a somewhat common sense free agent contract. Hell no to a trade.

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