Hoyer: Cubs ignoring David Price trade rumors

Hoyer: Cubs ignoring David Price trade rumors
July 21, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

With the Cubs searching for elite pitchers to help join the rebuild, they have found themselves in trade rumors for Rays ace David Price.

FOXSports' Ken Rosenthal added to the speculation with his recent column saying Price would be right for the Cubs.

The Cubs acquired shortstop Addison Russell - a Top 5 prospect in the game right now - on the Fourth of July when they dealt Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland A's. Russell joins Kris Bryant and Javier Baez atop arguably the top farm system in baseball, so the Cubs have the depth to acquire an elite pitcher.

But would they dip into their pool of top prospects to compile enough of a package to entice Tampa Bay?

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Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was on the "Kap and Haugh" show Monday for the debut of CSN's simulcast and discussed the trade rumors without singling out Price by name.

"I don't really pay attention," Hoyer said. "There's going to be a lot of rumors of our players and our acquiring good players because of the talent we have in the minors. There are so many teams looking for offense that I think we're just kinda lumped in with a lot of different rumors.

"We just sort of ignore them. ... In general, you take it with a grain of salt. But I do think we're going to be rumored a lot simply because people think we're getting to that time in the rebuilding process and the amount of time that we have."

Price turns 29 next month and currently leads Major League Baseball in starts (21), innings pitched (155.2) and strikeouts (173) while sporting a 10-7 record, 3.06 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He won the American League Cy Young in 2012 and has totaled 21.2 WAR (Baseball Reference) in his seven-year career.

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During the All-Star break last week, Price made headlines by commenting on how cool it would be to win a championship with the Cubs, stoking the Twitter firestorm of rumors.

In that area, Hoyer and Price are in agreement.

"In a lot of ways, that's why Theo [Epstein] came here. That's why I came here," Hoyer said. "Because it is. I don't think there's any question. This would be the 'coolest' city to win a championship in.

"Obviously, it'd be incredible to break the drought, but also it's Chicago. It's a fanbase that is incredible. What [Price] was saying, that's what Theo and I and other people that have come to the Cubs have said in different words many times."