2016 committed salary: $83.2 MM
After defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the National League Division Series, the Cubs proved that they are already ahead of schedule with their young core. However, down the stretch the Cubs rotation began to falter, as Jason Hammel struggled immensely and Kyle Hendricks continued to show he is no more than a #5 starter, with upside to a #4 at best. With the 2016 committed salary right around $80 million the Jed Hoyer-Theo Epstein duo will surely be willing to dish out some cash this offseason, and a large amount of that could go right into David Price’s pocket.
Price already has one tie to the North Side, as his former manager from Tampa Bay, Joe Maddon, is fresh off a season in which he led the Cubs to the postseason for the first time since 2008. Not only that, but their defeat of the Cardinals in the division series and trip to the NLCS showed that the Cubs are ready to compete with the MLB’s best. With young pieces like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs will easily be in the playoff picture for the next handful of years. At age 30, Price will be looking to join a contender, so the talented, young core that the Cubs brass have put together will be a factor that could draw Price to the Windy City.