Jed Hoyer spoke with the media after the Paul Maholm announcement yesterday. Unsurprisingly, he was asked about Matt Garza.
“As a rule of thumb we aren’t going to comment on trade discussions,” Hoyer said on Tuesday after announcing the signing Maholm. “I would say with this Maholm contract and the fact that we have six starters right now is not a precursor to anything. I’m not going to comment on trade rumors, but it’s important to note that [signing Maholm] isn’t a precursor deal.”
But they have six starters now! That’s one too many!
“I think we are very comfortable with the names we have,” Hoyer said. “You never know what is going to happen over the course of the winter and what is going to be available to us. But what we said was that a huge priority was building [pitching] depth. We feel like we’ve really done that. But the minute you feel you have enough pitching, you don’t. We are happy with the depth we built up over the winter, but it’s a dangerous thing to say you are ever done.”
What he’s telling us is that we’ll hopefully never have to see Casey Coleman again. Jed also announced that Jeff Samardzija will be stretched out in spring training and prepared as a starter. But fear not.
“If you prepare as a starter in spring training, it can help you with your command, and it can also help you with your secondary pitches,” Hoyer said. “But with this depth that we have, he may be a quality bullpen arm for us.”
“We’ve been really open with the media on this negotiation,” general manager Jed Hoyer said during Tuesday’s teleconference announcing the Paul Maholm signing. “It is probably a little different than most. I don’t want to abuse that and be too open about that. But we continue to want Kerry back in Chicago. We’ve offered him a substantial raise and we certainly hope it gets done.”(snip)“We come in with somewhat of a fresh set of eyes,” Hoyer said. “That doesn’t diminish what people have done long before we’re here. We both understand the history of the organization and we understand which players mean a lot to the fans. Kerry is one of them, so that is something we’re aware of. Fresh eyes are one thing, but that doesn’t mean you sort of ignore the rich past that the Cubs have.”