4.) David Price
Last but not least — David Price. This feels inevitable. Part of the reason for the Cubs downfall in the NLCS was the fact that they were forced to rely on Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks already down two games. That’s not a great position to be in.
The Cubs are in a good position to offer another big contract to a starting pitcher due to the youth on their roster. Chicago probably overpaid slightly on Jon Lester last winter, but that had to happen to draw him into a team with an uncertain future. Price has history with Maddon, and there is upheaval in Toronto’s front office.
Some might see the Cubs as being better suited to go after a mid-tier arm like Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann would also be a good fit, but the Cubs have the ability to take on the type of contract Price would command. Pairing Price with Arrieta could be too alluring for the Cubs to pass up.