5 Reasons Why Chicago Cubs Shouldn't Trade For David Price

By Illya Harrell

5 Reasons Why Chicago Cubs Shouldn't Trade For David Price

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Contrary to what some delusional Chicago reporters think, the Cubs are not in the market for David Price. General manager Theo Epstein is way too smart to entertain the idea for even a micro-second. He has worked to hard to build what is now -- according to ESPN -- the top minor league system in the majors. There are many reasons why Chicago shouldn't trade for David Price. Here are the top five.

5. Cubs Will Not Contend For NL Central Until 2016 or 2017

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5. Cubs Will Not Contend For NL Central Until 2016 or 2017

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Chicago has a heavy-duty minor league system full of MLB-ready prospects who will be on the club next season in addition to several big bats and pitching prospects who will help the Cubs in 2016. But all young dudes need time to grow. Next season they will likely finish ahead of the Reds. In 2016, they may get lucky and grab a Wild Card berth. By 2017, the team will be in position to win the NL Central title.

4. David Price Would Be a Solid Starter -- Every Fifth Day

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4. David Price Would Be a Solid Starter -- Every Fifth Day

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Who besides Jake Arrieta and a young Kyle Hendricks will make up the Cubs' rotation next season? With Price they would have an ace, a good starter and a questionable young guy. C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson will get looks next year and both are top-tier prospects. Given those five, the Cubs would be looking at a rotation of Price, Arrieta, a barely out of rookie-status guy and two rookies. That's not exactly a recipe for success.

3. 2015 Will Be David Price's Walk-Year

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3. 2015 Will Be David Price's Walk-Year

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David Price will be a free agent after the 2015 season. What if the Cubs can't re-sign him? Even if they do, Alfonso Soriano was their last high-dollar free-agent signee. Cubs fans -- and all of baseball -- remember that disaster. Price would demand at the least an eight-year deal worth mega-bucks. Why would they risk that when they have great young talent ineligible to arbitrate for a few years and under team control for at least six seasons?

2. Starlin Castro

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2. Starlin Castro

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The recently acquired shortstop Addison Russell, third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez will join the team next year, making Starlin Castro expendable. The Cubs will trade Castro during the offseason if not before the trade deadline. Castro will grab an established Major League starter and a couple more prospects.

1. Cubs Would Trade Their Future For Price -- And Regret It

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1. Cubs Would Demolish Their Future For Price -- And Regret It

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Again, the Cubs are absolutely loaded with prime Major League talent down on the farm who are can't miss guys. They would surely need to trade Bryant and either Russell or Baez to gain Price's services. Cubs fans would see the Rays with two of their former prime prospects for a guy who may walk after the 2015 season. Simply put, trading for Price makes no sense.

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