With the Winter Meetings just a little over a week away, the market for David Price appears to be taking shape.
The Cubs remain among the teams interested in signing Price, along with the Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants and Cardinals. Price may have lost a possible destination on Friday night.
Despite reports suggesting Price would prefer to return to the Blue Jays, Toronto and Mark Shapiro no longer appear to have room in their payroll to re-sign him.
The Jays overpaid J.A. Happ by signing the lefty to a three-year, $36 million contract. Add in the two-year deal Shapiro inked Marco Estrada to as well as trading for Jesse Chavez, and both Shi Davidi and Jon Paul Morosi believe the Jays are out of the David Price sweepstakes.
While the Jays may be out, the Red Sox are all in as Dave Dombrowski tries to add one of the best starting pitchers in the game to his rotation.
The Red Sox may just be the favorite to sign Price at this point. Multiple reports have suggested Dombrowski is willing to blow away the competition in order to sign him.
According to Peter Gammons, a National League General Manager he spoke with “speculated Boston will go $30-40 million above anyone else” to sign David Price.
It’s unknown if Price would sign with the Red Sox. And reports have suggested that Price could sign with another team for less money in order to be in an environment that he is more comfortable with going in. Price and the Sox’s fan base haven’t exactly been on the best terms over the years and then there the issues with David Ortiz that would have to be ironed out. Price has the reputation of being as good a teammate as a player, so smoothing things over with Ortiz will not be a problem.
It is highly unlikely the Cubs will be the highest bidder for Price. As was the case with Jon Lester a year ago when the Giants offered him a bigger contract than the Cubs, if Price wants to pitch with the Cubs he will have to leave money on the table from the Red Sox or another team.
The Cubs can offer Price what Boston cannot. The core of a young team that just won 97 games and made it to the National League Championship Series is in place. Price would be added to a rotation that includes Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. With the Red Sox, he will be expected to carry the starting staff with little to no room for error. And Joe Maddon is the manager of the Chicago Cubs.