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Report: Tigers, Cubs might be perfect trade partners for Price

The Detroit News
David Price

The Tigers and Cubs could be a perfect match in a deal for left-handed starting pitcher David Price.

Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer were among the first to ask the Tigers about Price, according to Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com.

Price, 30, is 9-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, with 134 strikeouts in 140 innings. He will be a free agent after this season -- but now he is probably the hottest potential trade target.

The Cubs as recently as January were ranked as having the No. 1 farm system in MLB by Keith Law of ESPN, meaning they possess many trade chips. It's a point Levine made in his report, saying the Cubs were "flush with blue-chip prospects."

There is also the Price-Joe Maddon connection. Before being traded to the Tigers last July, Price had played his entire MLB career under Maddon with the Rays. Maddon is now the Cubs' manager.

The Cubs are unlikely to catch the Cardinals in the National League Central. With a 51-43 record, however, they are right in the thick of the NL wild-card race.

The Tigers meanwhile, are 47-48 and taking on water with a leaky bullpen, and might be turning to a selling mode before the July 31 trade deadline.