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 It depends on how willing the Cubs are to pay the Price
I just don't understand why Price with only a couple of months left to free agency, would re-up with the Cubs instead of testing the market.
It's not time yet for the Cubs to move on this
The truly elite players sometimes seem to be bargains in this sport.
Price is very good, but I wouldn't put him in the truly elite category. Bonds, Maddux, Randy Johnson, those were the truly elite, and three of the best ever free agent signings. I think of Price more in the k
Kevin Brown mode, and that worked out OK I guess.
Because guys are short-term focused.
OTOH, with the parity we see across the NL I'd expect the Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, and Braves to be in the mix as they all have legitimate aspirations for post-season play and another good pitcher can only help. I'm a bit surprised the Nats aren't rumored to be at least in the discussion as Tanner Roark has us thinking he is pitching over his head and might be due for a return to Earth.
And then you have to resign him?
What, is Price gonna make 10 starts for them? At best, more likely it would be 8, in his 8 starts are you gonna go 8-0 when you would have went 4-4, or worse? Probably not, best case you say he improves you by 2 wins, that gets them what, 85 wins?
Probably not, best case you say he improves you by 2 wins, that gets them what, 85 wins?
Why would they choose to sign with the Cubs, unless the Cubs grossly overpay?
If they could sell them on their project, and why shouldn't they be able to do that? There's not many teams that look like bullet-proof contenders over the next few years, the Angels and Dodgers maybe. A big-market team loaded with talent, and you can be the face of the coming dynasty.
If Samardzija is a $18 million per year guy and Price is a $25 million guy? I'd take Price.
Look, generically - if you're a youngish player that still has 8-10 years left on your career and the most critical thing to you is winning a title, then sign with the Yankees.
All that said, I don't see any point in trading Samardzija for good talent than turning around and swapping an equivalent amount of talent for Price. Even if we take Price as being the better pitcher, it doesn't look like a major upgrade to me
But for that to make sense the Cubs have to have the best offer for Price. Logically, they wouldn't.
If you take the total MLB payroll and divide it by total WAR generated in MLB, you'll get a $/WAR much lower than the $6M/WAR you see in FA deals.
And the point of this, from the perspective of the front office (who sign these deals, not the fans, who don't), is to make money.
The Ricketts are flat broke.
I've heard this enough that I don't doubt it to be true, but: how? The payroll is dirt cheap, and AFAIK Wrigley still pulls in lots of people. Do they need a new TV deal and stadium renovations before they can start spending?
Barney has been DFA'd per mlbtr
Don't they take out the shift numbers for the metrics? Barney may be great with the glove but there is probably 4 or 5 dozen guys in the minors who could be as great or better with the leather and be just as bad with the bat. The guy can't hit major league pitching. It is time to stop paying him millions and move on.
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