Top 5 Free Agents the Chicago Cubs Should Sign

Credit: Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

David Price

There is a very strong opinion around the game of baseball that David Price will surely land in Chicago with his former skipper. Yes there is the Maddon connection, but there is also a lot more to this possibility. Price has stated on numerous times that he wants to go to a winner and wants a Championship. He is very passionate about that fact and the Cubs are poised to be very competitive for a long time.

Price helped power the Toronto Blue Jays all the way to the ALCS. The team fell to the eventual World Series Champions Kansas City Royals, but showed great character as a whole. Price pitched well for the Jays after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers. He went 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.009 WHIP in 11 starts for the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old Price will likely get a huge contract this season in excess of $170 million dollars.

Price made just under 19 million dollars last season and will easily get $28-35 million per year on the open market. A six-year deal at $30 million per season might get it done for the Cubs. That is a ton of money to invest into a player but he would solidify the staff much like Greinke would. Oh and let’s face it, the Cubs have the money do what they feel.

One Response

  1. Rqdbears

    James, right now the Cubs don’t have the ability to spend money you think like a big market team. In the purchase of the Cubs in 2010, the Ricketts, in order to get a lower purchase price and some tax breaks of their own, agreed to terms that would restrict what they could spend until 2019. They can only spend annually on baseball salaries what they generate in revenue plus 5 or 10% at most. The have to stay within certain debt ratios (deterrent revenue and costs), so that former owner Sam Zell can get a huge tax write off annually until 2019. So, the Cubs, in essence have a type of salary cap that no other team in MLB has.
    Now, they generate a lot of revenue, but to generate enough under the current sale contract restrictions to spend like a typical large market team and get multiple high priced free agents in any given year, they would have to get one of those huge, new TV deals, or start their own Cable channel/ network. Unfortunately, they are currently under contract with Comcast SportsNet until 2019. So, the Ricketts can’t spend whatever they want until then, even if they wanted to. Of course, they willingly put themselves in this predicament for business and financial reasons.
    So, they don’t publicize the situation much, because it is difficult to comprehend and would just tick off the fan base. Comcast also has no interest in clarifying the situation, as they would fear becoming the target of public pressure to redo their TV deal before the current one expires in 2019, to “help the Cubs out.”


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