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MLB Trade Rumors predicts David Price to Cubs for $217 million

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 23: David Price #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts in the third inning while taking on the Kansas City Royals in game six of the 2015 MLB American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 23, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

MLB Trade Rumors predicts that free agent pitcher David Price will ink a $217 million deal with the Cubs.

The baseball site released a list of the top 50 free agents this offseason and predicted where each will sign.

The site listed Price as the top free agent on the open market and forecasted that Chicago will sign him to a seven-year deal with an average annual salary of $31 million.

From MLB Trade Rumors:

Even in a free agent market flush with unprecedented starting pitching, Price is the cream of the crop and should command a record deal. Clayton Kershaw‘s seven-year, $215MM extension signed in January 2014 should be his target. The Cubs are the early favorite, as they are known to be seeking an impact starting pitcher and Joe Maddon managed Price with the Rays. The Blue Jays will attempt to bring Price back, while the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Giants figure to be among those in the mix.

The 30-year-old lefty posted a 2.45 ERA in 220 1/3 innings last year for the Blue Jays and Tigers.

According to a report from Fox insider Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are Price’s first choice.

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The site also predicted that Chicago will sign Cardinals starter John Lackey to a three-year, $50 million deal and Nationals outfielder Denard Span to a three-year, $39 million contract.

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