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Unlikely to be anywhere near playoff contention in 2013, let’s assume that the Cubs would try to get a deal done after the 2013 season.
For two years of Price, they’ll have to start by including one of the “big three” in the farm system.
Last year’s first-round pick Albert Almora, shortstop Javier Baez or outfielder Jorge Soler would likely be the centerpiece of any deal involving Price.
Price would figure to lead a rotation that includes Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood and possibly Arodys Vizcaino (pictured).
Vizcaino, however, would be the type of high-caliber pitching prospect the Rays would seek in return. We’ll add him to the package, along with another young pitching prospect who cracked Baseball Prospectus’ Organizational Top 10 in the preseason, Duane Underwood, who has a ceiling of a No. 2 starter in the big leagues.
Lastly, with Anthony Rizzo expected to hold down the first base job for the next several years, the Rays could ask for Dan Vogelbach, a second-round pick in 2011 who is one of the top power-hitting prospects in the minor leagues.
The 20 year old, who is in Low-A this season, had a 1.051 OPS in 61 short-season games in 2012. His bat is very advanced and he could move quickly, even in the Rays’ system with their patient approach.
So here’s the deal: Price to Chicago for OF Albert Almora, 1B Dan Vogelbach, RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Duane Underwood.