Could David Price come to the Cubs?
The pitcher recently traded from the Rays to the Tigers is a free agent after the 2015 season, and given the Cubs' seeming need for top-of-the-line pitching, it could possibly be a fit.
Of course, the former Cy Young winner is expected to demand a hefty salary and several suitors. But when it comes to whether or not Price would want to pitch for the North Siders, one former teammate said Price — and plenty of others — would definitely want to.
"When you have a pitcher like David Price saying he wouldn't mind getting traded over to the Cubs right now, knowing what they have in store for the future and knowing the management that they have there and what they're willing to do to win, I think that says a lot," Rays pitcher Chris Archer said during Tuesday morning's edition of Kap and Haugh. "And I think that the Cubs are going to be a surprise this offseason because there are guys, there are top-10 players, starting pitchers especially who want to go pitch there."
Archer, who pitched in the Cubs organization before being dealt to Tampa Bay in the trade for Matt Garza, said that the Cubs could be very close to becoming a force to be reckoned with.
"It might not be next year when they get two top-end, No. 1, No. 2 starters just because the market's going to dictate that those guys go other places. But there are going to be free agents in 2016 that can be another piece added," Archer said. "It's going to be cool to watch them grow as an organization. Theo (Epstein) is special at what he does, kind of like (Rays executive) Andrew Friedman. They get creative, and people want to play for that type of management."
So, would Archer be shocked if Price joined the North Siders?
"I wouldn't be shocked," he said. "Honestly, any team that gets him is going to be impacted for many, many years after his contract because of just the type of person that he is and the atmosphere that creates. And what he demands out of his teammates is even more than our manager or our coaches. It goes beyond just on-the-field stuff. He becomes your friend, and he teaches you how to lead and how to pitch and how to conduct yourself on and off the field. So whatever team (lands him) it's going to be super fortunate, and it's going to change the organization. If he goes to a place like the Cubs, the mentality behind the starting pitching's going to change drastically.
"So whoever he ends up with, he's going to change their organization. And maybe it will be with a young-minded team that's on the up-and-coming."
Catch more from Archer in the video above.