Report: Cubs, Tigers talking David Price trade

After recent reports that the Detroit Tigers will shop David Price, teams have begun reaching out to the Tigers about the left-handed starting pitcher. If he is in fact available for trade, he will instantly become the most desirable player on the trade market.

One team that has reached out to the Tigers about Price is the Chicago Cubs and the two teams are already scouting each others systems, according to Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com.

Levine notes that “at least” eight teams will “kick the tires on a deal with Detroit for Price,” but that the Cubs may be the best match, as they have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball.

Price, 29, has been heavily connected to the Cubs for some time now and the noise is only going to become stronger after Levine’s report. He has said publicly that he wouldn’t mind playing in Chicago for the Cubs and with his former manager, Joe Maddon, in town, the fit makes almost too much sense.

On top of that, Price would give the Cubs a nasty duo at the top-of-the-rotation along with Jon Lester. Add in Jake Arrieta and it becomes an even better, scarier unit.

The Cubs also seem to be serious about adding another top-tier starting pitcher, as they have been connected to Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies, in addition to Price.

It remains to be seen what the Tigers will do with Price, but one thing is clear: The Cubs will be heavily involved in the Price sweepstakes.

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