In Friday’s post we saw some quotes from Theo Epstein about the current state of the Cubs and the plan for the future. He talked for 40 minutes on Thursday, so today I’ll bring you some more of what he said. It’s hard to find any positives from the 2012 season, but it could be that we’re just focusing too much on the 101 losses.
“Maybe we’ll look back on it as the year in which Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler and Albert Almora joined the Cubs,” Epstein said. “Or the year in which Javier Baez took a huge step forward, or the year in which Darwin Barney proved himself as an elite second baseman, the year in which Dale sets the tone.
“There were a lot of positives that don’t resonate right now quite as much, because I think we’re all swimming in what it feels like to lose 101 games.”
We probably won’t look back at 2012 as the year that Chris Volstad, Chris Rusin, Brooks “Boo Radley” Raley or Jason Berken started their dominating Cubs careers. Jed Hoyer said the team would be active in free agency this winter and Theo echoed that sentiment.
‘‘There are going to be a lot of teams looking at a pretty limited field,’’ Epstein said. ‘‘I don’t think there’s going to be great value to be had out there. But I think there’s some quality, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see us sign a free agent or two for our rotation.’’
‘‘If there’s the right player at the right contract, even at a significant length, if we believe in that player and we believe it’s a good investment, we won’t shy away from it,’’ he said.
That being said, without much hope of being contenders the next couple years, it’s hard to see any contracts for more than two or three years being given out this winter.