To no one’s surprise, the Cubs lost again last night. They’re now 0-15 against the NL West on the road. Standing at 96 losses with 7 games left and 4 road games yet to play against the Rockies and D’Backs, 100 losses is looking more and more likely. But you know what? Jed Hoyer isn’t too worried about 100 losses.
“People in every walk of life focus on round numbers,” Hoyer said Wednesday at Coors Field. “One hundred losses is a round number. I’m not going to feel any better about a 96-loss season or a 98-loss season or a 100-loss season. In any way, shape or form, we have to get better. I don’t want to lose 100 games either. That’s something people talk about and it’s a round number we clearly want to avoid.
“If we avoid it, it doesn’t mean I’ll feel better about our season. … We have to get better. That’s the focus.”
I love that he and Theo are just so damned reasonable. Jed’s also not ready to stock the 2013 roster with the same guys that currently populate it.
“Every guy who’s come up hasn’t shown we need to reserve a spot for him next season but that’s to be expected,” Hoyer said. “We need to get better next year and having depth at [Triple-A] Iowa is important. A lot of those guys may feel they’re ready but if they start the year at Iowa, that’s probably a positive for our roster.”
With Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster’s contracts coming off the books, we can expect some movement in the free agent market.
“We’re obviously going to be active in the free-agent market. I don’t think there’s any question about that,’’ general manager Jed Hoyer said.
“A big part of our research and a big part of our work is evaluating the guys that are likely to be free agents. Exactly how much money we spend in part will be determined by the market and where it goes. We have some money to spend, and that’s an area we’re going to focus on heavily.’’
Where will we see some of this money spent?
“We certainly have to be aggressive with starting pitching over the course of the winter,’’ said Hoyer, whose payroll commitments for 2013 so far involve only four players and just over $40 million.
I hope Boo Radley, Jason Berken and Chris Rusin have enjoyed their time in the Cubs’ rotation.
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