Chicago Cubs Rumors: David Price Trade Priority as Ben Zobrist Replaces Starlin Castro? Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake Options for Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta Help

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Jul 22, 2015 09:43 AM EDT
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Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price throws a pitch during a 2015 game."

The Chicago Cubs are getting active at the trade deadline as they have their eyes on the postseason and foot on the gas to get there. The Cubs are aiming to acquire one more marquee arm to place in their rotation in hopes that it pushes them to the playoffs. That could come in the form of a starter or a closer while batting needs present themselves. With the Detroit Tigers officially making David Price available, will the Cubs make a move?

According to the Detroit News, Price is not thrilled about the idea of being made available for trades. The pitcher told the media that he "wants to win here" but with Tigers sitting outside the wild card race, they would rather trade the pitcher than lose him for nothing in free agency. The move is certainly smart if Detroit feels like they have no chance at the postseason this year. For Price, it means that several scouts are about to come watch his next start.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs could be ready to make a deal for the pitcher with the idea that they will re-sign him in free agency. With Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta headlining the rotation, Price could come in and be a valuable asset. The Cubs are expected to show interest in a number of available pitchers including Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto who are on the market, but Price is the better option for the team depending on the price.

There is also the need for batting with Chicago. According to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian, the Cubs are not happy with Starlin Castro who could be moved for pitching. However, could the Cubs be eyeing a trade for Castro in hopes of getting his replacement in return? According to MLB Insider Pete Gammons, the Cubs are showing interest in Ben Zobrist who could be put in as a utility man. His versatility and batting abilities could help replace Castro and boost the struggling Kris Bryant.

The Cubs are aiming to be buyers at the market. That could come in many forms, but the key is that they are willing to spend money to get things done. The team has also been linked to closers like Jonathan Papelbon and Craig Kimbrel. They could take their money multiple routes before July 31 in hopes of continuing the success of the season. 

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