One of the top free agent pitchers this upcoming offseason is David Price. He has been a steady and reliable pitcher his entire career which has always been in the American League. Even though he has pitched very well in the AL, he could look to move to the other side of MLB.
Citing a source close to the pitcher, George A. King III of the New York Post reports that since Price “loves” to hit, he prefers to sign with a National League team this next offseason.
An obvious potential suitor for Price is the Chicago Cubs and one of Price’s former teammates said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Price end up in Chicago. Here is what Price’s ex-teammate, Chris Archer, said in an interview with CSN Chicago in August of 2014:
“”When you have a pitcher like David Price saying he wouldn’t mind getting traded over to the Cubs right now, knowing what they have in store for the future and knowing the management that they have there and what they’re willing to do to win, I think that says a lot,” Rays pitcher Chris Archer said during Tuesday morning’s edition of Kap and Haugh.
If Price does in fact reach free agency, other potential suitors include the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, who both showed interest in trading for Price in 2014, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, via Sports Illustrated.
It’s likely that Price hits free agency and when he does, he’ll be looking at a deal worth anywhere from $200-225 million. This very well could be Price’s last season in the American League and with the Detroit Tigers.
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