Many of us across the country have gotten our first heavy dose of winter in the last few days, which might make us long for the warmth of the Florida sunshine. That’s where the baseball Winter Meetings will take place, starting today, with a forecast including a high temperature of 86 degrees. Of course, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer probably won’t have much time to take advantage of the nice weather as they’ll be inside doing their best to improve the organization. And while the Cubs haven’t and won’t be making a splash yet this offseason, Theo wants you to know that our day is coming.
“We don’t like having days like [Tuesday], where there are big trades and free-agent signings and we’re sitting it out,” team president Theo Epstein said. “You think we want to be there sitting it out? No. But there will be a day real soon when we’re right in the middle of that because we have more financial flexibility, because we have lots of talented young players — assets that everyone wants around the game — and we’re going to be the ones dictating all those big moves.”
How soon is real soon? We wanna know!
“Our business plan and our baseball plans are actually pretty synced up in terms of the timing,” he said, “and so I hope that both sides of the organization continue with their plan and execute at a high level so there’s more resources and there’s more flexibility and we have more mature, talented players in the organization.”
How long till all the pieces are in place and the Cubs can, if they choose, make moves like the New York Yankees — or even the
“All those things are coming up,” he said. “We can’t speed it up. We can’t make time go faster, but I really feel like we’re going in the right direction.”
That doesn’t help clarify things at all, Theo. But we understand.
Any updates on the Jeff Samardzija situation?
“I’m not going to provide a running play by play,” Theo Epstein said Thursday. “It’s in the same place it’s been. There’s mutual interest [to get something done]. The situation sometimes makes things tough.”
Plus ça change…