David Price is one of the most intriguing starting pitchers that could be available on the market as the MLB trade deadline is under a week away. The Detroit Tigers have not been as successful as they were hoping, and he will hit open free agency this coming offseason and isn’t expected to re-sign with Detroit.
According to a report from Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Chicago Cubs and Tigers have had discussions about a potential Price trade.
Needless to say, this would be exactly the type of splash that Theo Epstein was hoping to make at the trade deadline. It would all depend on whether or not the Cubs feel they can get a long-term extension done with Price.
Throughout the season to this point, Price has compiled a 9-3 record to go along with a 2.31 ERA and a 4.96 K/BB ratio. Obviously those are the type of numbers that the Cubs would like to add as their ace. Jon Lester was signed to a big contract this past offseason but has started off the season slow.
Putting Price in as the number one starter and dropping Lester to the number two starter would be ideal for both players and the organization. Chicago has been hoping to land a superstar pitcher all season long, and now they can justify making a big trade for that arm since they are still in the position to make a run at the postseason. Price isn’t the only pitcher that the Cubs are targeting, but he definitely seems like the best long-term fit.
At 29 years old, Price still has quite a bit of excellent baseball left to play. Being reunited with Joe Maddon would be a very nice thing for him, and that alone could be enough to convince him to re-sign with the Cubs long-term.
Expect to hear plenty more rumors surrounding the Cubs over the next five or six days. It is obvious that they are looking to make a splash, and Price is very much in play for them. Don’t be surprised to see the two teams engage in more serious talks as the deadline continues drawing closer.