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.