Cubs Monday: manager chosen, what does the future hold?

The media got to hear plenty from Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein this weekend, with a season ticket holder event after which he also took questions from the media. Now that the team has hired a manager, the Cubs will look to free agency and trades to improve the team for 2014.  With the general manager meetings around the corner, what should we expect from Theo and Jed Hoyer?crystal_ball

“Our business plan and our facilities plan and our baseball plan are all a couple years away from reaching fruition, and we’re going to be as aggressive as we can given our situation,” Epstein said.

“We clearly need to get better, but we’re not going to do anything at the expense of an increasingly exciting future. So we’re going to look for moves that make sense for now and for the future.”

We all know that there won’t be any huge free agent signings yet. It’s going to be another stay-the-course offseason. He also reminded us of the type of players he’s looking to sign. 

“First and foremost, we’re looking for players that can help us now who also make sense for the future,” Epstein said. “If you can acquire a player who’s entering his prime, all the better. Those are the players you sort of harbor all your resources for and then really try to acquire.

“But they’re few and far between. Beyond that, you’re sort of balancing interests and making sacrifices … and trying to attain as much quality pitching as you can given your resources and the amount of flexibility you have.”

There is one particular roster spot for which the Cubs will be on the hunt this winter.

“We have guys that could close, but I think that’s an opportunity for us where if you go to market with the closer’s role ready to bestow on somebody, that can help you sign a pretty good pitcher,” Epstein said. “We are going to hit the market with a full closing opportunity to offer the right pitcher we acquire, either through free agency or trade and with the knowledge we have some options that are interesting in-house.”

Once again, pitching, pitching, pitching. I expect we’ll see several bullpen and rotation candidates brought into spring training, much as we have the last two years. Throw them all against a wall and see who sticks.

12 thoughts on “Cubs Monday: manager chosen, what does the future hold?

  1. Doc Blume says:

    There is a report from an Atlanta media outlet that the Braves will be leaving Turner Field after 2016 (the end of their 20 year lease on the ballpark) and build a new ballpark in the north suburbs of Atlanta.

    Still searching for a second source on this…but this would be a very interesting move for the Braves.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      The Braves have confirmed it.

      Wow. The Braves will be moving to Cobb County in 2017.

      Turner Field is only 20 years old. What is the Cubs excuse for not building a new stadium?

      1. FrankS says:

        Because Tom Ricketts loves Wrigley Field and his family has been buying up land around Wrigley. They need the Cubs in Wrigley to leverage those investments. Of course, they could make more money if they moved the team a few miles like the Braves are doing.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    James Rowson will not return as the Cubs hitting coach. He took up a job with the Yankees as their minor league hitting coordinator.

    I don’t consider this to be much of a loss.

    1. dabirdguy says:

      How do we measure his replacement? Team BA above previous?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I don’t think you actually measure hitting coaches. There are hitting coaches and bad hitting coaches.

        Hitting coaches don’t help your team but they don’t really hurt anything…they just leave things alone.

        Bad hitting coaches tinker and tinker and tinker until a ballplayer can’t even hit little league pitching…(please see Jeff Pentland).

        James Rowson didn’t do anything in my opinion making him one of the people who falls in the former category. The Cubs should be able to replace him with a statue next season without any down grade. In theory, we could fear they replace Rowson with someone from the latter category, but I don’t think Jed and Theo would allow that to happen.

        1. FrankS says:

          There seems to be some popular support for Bill Buckner.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    It sounds like the Nationals might be very heavy on trying to acquire Jeff Samardzija and might be willing to part with some impressive prospects to get him.

  4. Flyball says:

    Ready to bestow the closer’s role on someone. Seems a little over the top for a baseball job.

  5. johnnywest333 says:

    Zambrano wants to pitch again and would like to join us at Cubs Convention. He thinks we’re just swell.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’d like to pitch again too.

    2. dabirdguy says:

      If he does I might just go to the convention just to tell Z what an asshat he is in person.

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