Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer said last fall the goal was to add impact starting pitching to the organization over the next 15-18 months. The Cubs signed Jon Lester, and while he has not pitched to his own expectations, the front office added a top of the rotation starter to the Cubs.
Unless the Cubs are able to pry Cole Hamels from the Phillies, the Cubs will be in the mix this coming off-season for one of the free-agent starting pitchers. And David Price should be at the top of the Cubs’ list along with RHP Jordan Zimmermann.
David Price talked with the beat writers Wednesday about his former manager and the Cubs.
Joe Maddon and David Price are friends according to Maddon. The Cubs’ skipper called Price one of the best teammates he’s ever been around. Price is also very close with his former pitching coach and current Cubs’ minor league pitching coordinator Derek Johnson.
David Price spoke highly of his former manager. And for someone not in the organization, Price sounds like he knows a lot about the Cubs.
David Price turns 30 in August (Aug. 26, 1985) and is 5-2 in 12 starts this season with a 2.70 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 3.06 FIP. Price has 74 strikeouts with 20 walks in 83 1/3 innings. During his almost a year with the Tigers, Price is 9-6 in 23 starts with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
Price made the All-Star team four times during his seven years with Joe Maddon. Price was 82-47 in 175 games, 170 starts, with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and a 3.33 FIP during his time in Tampa.
According to the Sun-Times, David Price is “the impact pitcher the Cubs have most coveted almost from the day Theo Epstein took over.”
The David Price rumors started when the front office hired Derek Johnson, picked up last summer before he was traded to the Tigers and will continue to increase until David Price signs with another team or the Cubs go a different route to add another impact starting pitcher to the roster.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Mets and Brewers have talked about exchanging players. The Mets are looking for a shortstop and could be interested in Jean Segura. It appears the talks have been about 3B Aramis Ramirez. Ken Rosenthal reported there has been “little traction” between the Mets and Brewers for Ramirez. The Brewers are not interested in LHP Jon Niese or RHP Dillon Gee.
• According to Buster Olney, executives around the league think that whatever is wrong with Johnny Cueto “is worse than the Reds are letting on” and teams want to see the medicals.
• Joe Maddon said there are not any plans for Travis Wood or Edwin Jackson to go back to the rotation.
• The Cubs return home on a high note after thumping the Tigers according to a report from ESPN Chicago. And the Cubs have a sense of momentum after a 5-4 road trip through Miami, Washington DC and Detroit according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Joe Maddon stressed the importance of making Wrigley Field the Cubs home field advantage.
• And speaking of Wrigley Field, additional safety measures could be coming to the old ballpark. Commissioner Rob Manfred is looking in to what it would take to for teams to protect fans from being seriously injured during ballgames.
• Anthony Rizzo: .327/.443/.591 with 18 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 32 walks, 28 strikeouts in 57 games … that’s all.
• Chris Coghlan is second on the Cubs with eight home runs. Coghlan is 14-for-43 in his last 15 games (.326/.383/.512). For the season, Coghlan is batting .235/.306/.440 with eight doubles, a triple and eight home runs for a .746 OPS.
• INF/OF Ben Zobrist is really struggling at the plate and not running or moving well in the outfield as he works his way back from knee surgery. Zobrist is 2-for-22 in his last seven games (.091/.259/.136). The Cubs are one of well most of the teams in baseball that would like to add him to its roster.
• Nationals’ OF Bryce Harper finally faced a pitcher that is younger than him. Until Harper stepped in the box Wednesday against the Yankees’ Jacob Lindgren, he had not seen a pitch thrown by a player younger than him in the majors.
• RHP Clay Bryant pitched for the Cubs from 1935-40 and was a major piece in the Cubs winning the 1938 National League pennant. Bryant was 19-11 in 44 games, 30 starts, that summer with a 3.10 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Read why he received MVP votes and about his career.
• Andre Dawson is putting his personal memorabilia up for auction.
And, LHP David Price spoke the truth. Price said on Twitter, “An All Star game is not a popularity contest. It’s for home field advantage (for whatever reason) for the World Series!! Best players play.”
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs traded Ian Dickson to the Nationals for Henry Rodriguez
1996 – Mets traded minor leaguer Chris DeWitt to the Cubs for Matt Franco
1990 – Cubs signed free agent Doug Strange
1981 – Cubs beat the Giants, 2-1, in a suspended game and 7-4 in the regularly scheduled game as Dick Tidrow picked up the save in both games at Wrigley Field … the last two games before the baseball strike began.
1981 – Jason Waddell, born
1969 – Cubs acquired Paul Popovich from the Expos for Jack Lamabe and Adolfo Phillips, earlier in the day the Expos traded Manny Mota and Maury Wills to the Dodgers for Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich
1966 – Ernie Banks tied a modern Major League record with three triples in a Cubs 8-2 victory at the Astrodome
1952 – Hank Sauer hit three home runs off Curt Simmons that accounted for all the runs in a 3-0 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field
1939 – Jimmy Stewart, born
1934 – Cubs acquired Dolph Camilli from the Phillies for Don Hurst
1911 – Heine Zimmerman hit two home runs, a triple and two singles and drove in a Cubs’ record nine runs in a 20-2 victory over the Braves behind King Cole at West Side Grounds
1904 – Bob Wicker threw a nine-inning no-hitter, allowed a hit in the 10th inning and the Cubs edged the Giants 1-0 after Frank Chance doubled and Johnny Evers singled him home in the 12th inning at the Polo Grounds. The loss snapped ‘Iron Man’ McGinnity’s 12-game winning streak
1879 – Roger Bresnahan, born