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Putting the finances and the task of figuring out who goes back the other way to Tampa aside, Price is having merely an average season. As opposed his usual elite-type season. Whether you look at advanced or traditional metrics, the 28-year old's numbers pop off the screen.
As of this writing, Price leads the AL in the following: GS, IP, CG, H, HR, K, BF, and has a mortal 95 ERA+.
"The last-place Cubs have Jeff Samardzija, a terrific talent who's 1-5 despite a 2.54 ERA. He can become a free agent at the same time as Price."
The 29-year old is plowing through the NL, he owns a 153 ERA+ and has struck out nearly a batter per inning, 67 in 78 innings pitched.
The finances for Samardzija aren't nearly as daunting as Price's, at least until he reaches free agency. He's making $5.35M this year to Price's $14M. But as Kovacevic notes, the Pirates offered AJ Burnett $12M before he signed in Philadelphia for $14M.
"Make no mistake: This is what GMs want." And this is what Pirates fans want as well; the chance to support a consistently successful franchise. They sit seven games in back of the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers, but just two-and-a-half games behind the Wild Card.
Stranger things have happened.