It’s what you dread in those first few weeks of Spring Training. Sure, it could happen at any time throughout the season – and it frequently does – but there’s something about the start of Spring Training that just always seems to reveal latent arm problems.

For their part, the Cubs’ group of pitchers have been largely healthy these past few years. (KNOCK ON WOOD!)

Today’s installment is a panic-inducing one for Red Sox fans:

Price, 31, signed a monster seven-year, $217 million deal before the 2016 season, which was ultimately a bit of a disappointment (3.99 ERA, 3.60 FIP, and 3.52 xFIP were all highs for him in the last six or seven years). To lose him now for any significant stretch of time would be jarring to the rotation, but perhaps even moreso in the wake of that 2016 performance, from which everyone expected him to bounce back.

Even if he is healthy enough to pitch, are there now going to be more performance issues?

The Cubs, you’ll recall, were rumored to be involved on Price for years, though they opted instead to spend their big dollars last offseason on Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist.

The Red Sox can still compete without Price – whose contract includes an opt-out after the 2018 season – but, if he’s healthy, they pair him at the front of the rotation with the AL Cy Young winner (Rick Porcello) and a huge trade acquisition (Chris Sale). I was pretty excited to see just how good they could be in 2017, especially because it doesn’t really directly impact the Cubs.

Hopefully it will prove to be no more than typical early-season soreness that can be rested and rehabbed.


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