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David Price rumors: Red Sox, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Dodgers in the mix

At least five teams have a serious interest, and a legitimate chance, to sign David Price.

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According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants and Red Sox have all shown serious interest in David Price. While "Price enjoyed his time with the Blue Jays", and would be open to returning to Toronto, they're not expected to be a major factor in the bidding process, and likely won't be able to sign the left-hander.

Rosenthal notes that Price "values comfort" more than most players do, which could ultimately be the deciding factor in where he winds up.

"The Red Sox, then, might be the toughest sell for Price, given the complexities of his past relationships with their fan base and biggest star, David Ortiz. By contrast, the Cubs and Giants could hold particular appeal.

The Cubs project a fun vibe with their youthful roster and spirited manager, Price's old skipper in Tampa Bay, Joe Maddon. The Giants, under manager Bruce Bochy, long have had one of the strongest clubhouse cultures in the game."

Price has already gone on record as saying that winning in Chicago, specifically with the Cubs, "would probably be the coolest city to win a championship in. They haven't done it in I'm not sure how long. To do that there that would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now."

While comfort level is undoubtedly important to Price, "if the Sox outbid the Cubs by say $30 million, hello Boston", but as of now, he does not consider them to be his first choice. The Price saga likely won't end soon, at least not before the upcoming Winter Meetings, and it would be somewhat of a surprise to see him sign that early.

There's seemingly no timetable for when Price wants to have a deal done, but as Rosenthal writes, "Price is going to win. And win big."