David Price Clears Up Comments Made About the Cubs

David Price created quite the buzz Monday when he answered a hypothetical question about pitching for the Chicago Cubs. Price is a free agent after next season and told the assembled media, “That would probably be the coolest city to win a championship.”

David Price has a connection to the Cubs through his former pitching coach, Derek Johnson, at Vanderbilt and he sees what the Cubs are building. And he’s not the only big leaguer that has noticed what the Cubs’ front office is assembling in the minor leagues. Jon Lester mentioned the Cubs system earlier this month when he was asked about the Cubs being a possibility for him in the off-season if the Red Sox are not able to retain him.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Price said, “Winning absolutely is something you want to do. Being a part of something special is also something you want to do. You can take that to a first-place tear. You could take that all the way to a last-place team like the Cubs. With the talent they have coming up they could be a very special team in a few years as well.”

Paul Sullivan caught up with David Price while he was still in Minneapolis for the break. According to the report, after Price made the comments about the Cubs “he spent part of his All-Star day trying to convince people he wasn’t lobbying to be traded to the Cubs.”

PrintPrice said, “Go back and watch the entire interview. I just said there are different teams I’d like to be traded to, and I’m not going to make any one of those teams public. I was asked what were some of the things I’d look for on a team I want to be trade to.”

David Price explained he would like to pitch for a team that has players coming up through the system to win on a yearly basis. As for the Cubs comment about winning a championship, “I think anybody in this clubhouse would probably agree that would be the coolest place to win a World Series.”

Price indicated his words were twisted into what was written and that is not his problem. According to the Tribune report, Price joked his comments about the Cubs probably gave him more Twitter followers.

With the Cubs well on the way to the franchise’s fifth straight losing season, there is a concern free agents will not want to sign with the Cubs. After all it’s the Cubs and the narrative has not been changed about the big league team. Players are noticing what the Cubs are doing with the organization from the bottom up. Does that mean they will choose the Cubs over other teams? No, it does not. The new facilities at Wrigley Field will help the front office sign the players they target. And that is the importance of the baseball side and the business side aligning to move the organization forward.

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  • BosephHeyden

    When are we going to start getting all the rumors of Price going to Chicago bars and looking at houses and singing “Go Cubs Go” at various karaoke bars around the country? It’s been a while since we’ve had a Jake Peavy/Brian Roberts type of player acquisition story. Plus side: it must mean we’re that much closer to winning games again.

    • milesmaxwell

      oh god. I remember those Peavy/Roberts threads. I think I threw up a little. Definitely don’t miss that.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Those were funny! Don’t forget the Theo rumors too. Although that one panned out. Nobody runs with siting rumors quite like our Cub faithful!

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      or Julio Lugo…or Erik Bedard…or Rafael Furcal.

      • John_CC

        Lugo and Furcal were both big non stories for certain. As big as Peavy but not quite Roberts. The Brian Roberts saga was years!

        • BosephHeyden

          I don’t know if you could call Furcal a non-story. We really had nothing going with the others, but with Furcal we actually had him ready to be signed until Hendry and the FO decided it would be a good idea to put in the DUI clause in case Furcal had another run-in with the law. So, naturally, he signed with the team that offered him about the same money without the clause, and the Cubs got lucky that Ryan Theriot was capable of playing shortstop two years later.

  • BillyFinT

    Coming from Tampa? No surprise.

  • Tom U

    In order to make room for Schwarber, the Cubs released OF Zeke DeVoss.

    • RickinMSP

      I was just looking at his stats the other day and figured it was a matter of time before De Voss needed to find other employment.

      Edited for spelling because I’m obsessive.

    • Tony_H

      It was the first time the Cubs had gone after players without regard to cost and/or signability. But that draft class is not looking as good as it use to look. Maybe not just any GM can do this.

      • Tom U

        I will speak more about the draft class of 2011 when the time is appropriate.

        • Tony_H

          Definitely interesting to look at the picks, especially so many HS players that were taken. Look forward to a review of the draft class.

  • Tom U

    Emilio Bonifacio leading off and playing CF for Tennessee tonight.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Trip down nostagia lane on Comcast Sportsnet right now…looks like a 2004 approx game of Cubs vs Brewers.

    Paul Bako, DLee, Aramis, Todd Walker, Jose Macias are some of the faces I have seen so far.

    Brewers Geoff Jenkins made a catch…Ben Sheets .

    Best of all? Steve Stone and Chip on commentary!!

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      2004 I believe…Maddux is pitching, and Sosa had HR earlier according to Chip.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Alou hit a HR, and CPat struck out…good times.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      Sorry I hate Stone. But not as much as I hate Thom Brennaman.

      • cc002600

        sorry, but I’d take Chip and Steve over the snooze brothers (Len & JD) any day of week. When I listen to cub games on TV now I have to check my mute button to see if its still on,. there’s so much dead air.

        • Jeffrey Rogers

          I listen to the radio guys they are pretty good, IMO

          • cc002600

            agree on that one. Pat is the best. Coomer is ok too

          • JasonPen

            They need to just let Pat do both, the TV and radio, at the same time…

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