Tigers ace David Price will be a very high profile free agent this offseason, and the Cubs have come up quite a bit when his name is mentioned.
The Cubs need top-of-the-rotation pitching to fill out a roster of talented, young hitters. Price also has a relationship with manager Joe Maddon that goes back to their time together in Tampa.
But Price recently mentioned that neither Maddon nor any other manager will have any impact on where he ends up signing.
“Wherever I play baseball next year, it’s not going to be because of a manager,” Price said.
Now, that doesn’t mean the Cubs can’t or won’t land Price. It just means that Price is more interested in other variables, such as money, location, winning, etc.
Price is 9-2 with a 2.38 ERA this year, which has him on pace for one of his best seasons. He won a Cy Young with Maddon’s Rays in 2012 after going 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA.
The Tigers ace talked about his impending free agency for a Sun-Times story last month. Read it here.