The Cubs were among the first teams to inquire on the availability of Tigers' left-hander David Price, according to a report from CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine. It is currently unclear if the Tigers are willing to go into sell-mode with the trade deadline just eight days away, as rumors have swirled about the team either being aggressive sellers or aggressive buyers on the trade market.
Price would appeal to the Cubs as an ace option for the stretch run, potentially giving them a rotation core of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and Price in front of Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. Manager Joe Maddon was Price's skipper in Tampa for six-and-a-half seasons of his major-league career, and the Cubs are considered one of the most likely teams to pursue him in free agency this winter.
The Cubs have also been linked to Phillies' lefty Cole Hamels in trade rumors, and are considered rather likely to make a significant trade deadline move. Although top young players Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are unavailable in trades, the team is known to be willing to move Starlin Castro and Javier Baez in a significant deadline deal. With one of the best farm systems in baseball and a stable of young, major-league ready prospects, the North Siders should be viewed as a serious threat to make a major move in the next week.