Jed Hoyer visited CSN Chicago Tuesday for an interview. He talked about the Cubs’ free agent philosophy, pitching and Alfonso Soriano. First up, free agents.
“We talked about all the free agents,” Hoyer said on “Chicago Baseball Hot Stove” on Tuesday. “Where we are as an organization, we want as many draft picks as possible. We want as much money in the draft as possible. So we would have given up a pick, theoretically, for the right player, the right fit.
“And we will going forward. But right now, I think holding onto our picks is something that makes sense and we’re looking to build as much talent in the minor leagues as possible. We need a lot going forward.”
So don’t expect the Cubs to sign any free agents with qualifying offers unless they’re a perfect fit. There are all kinds of aging closers still available on the free agent market (Jose Valverde, Brian Wilson, Francisco Rodriguez), but we don’t have to worry about the Cubs signing any of them.
“We’ll probably go forward with what we have now,” Hoyer said. “Of course, if there’s just a bargain – or a player that we feel like is at an incredible price – we might add him. But at this point, we feel really good. There also is a point at which we’re full on the roster – we’re taking a spot away from somebody. We really do like the way our bullpen and our rotation fit together now.”
That’s a relief.
Finally, Jed talked about the pleasant surprise that awaited them in Chicago when they arrived last year.
“No one was more different than his reputation than Sori,” Hoyer said. “I know the fans were frustrated with him and we wondered what we were walking into. He was the ultimate professional in the clubhouse. He really has taken Castro under his wing.
“His preparation is off the charts. I think a dozen players in baseball went 30 homers and 100 RBI (last season). What we got in our first year was terrific. He knows how we feel about him. We’ve had communication with him over the course of the winter. We’ll keep having that communication.
“But all of our thoughts on Sori are positive. He was so good for us last year, both on (and) off the field. (It) wasn’t necessarily exactly what we expected going in. (It) was just a wonderful revelation for us.”
It was a wonderful revelation for the fans, too.