Let the Winter Meetings commence!

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.orlando

“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
Seattle Mariners?

“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…

17 thoughts on “Let the Winter Meetings commence!

  1. dabirdguy says:

    The new Cubs Motto — “Wait till next decade!”

  2. sloanpeterson2 says:

    And the new Cubs song will be Marshall Crenshaw’s ,”Someday, Someway.”

    1. NotAgain says:

      Better than the current one…


  3. sloanpeterson2 says:

    LaRussa,Torre, & Bobby Cox elected to HOF….

  4. juliedicaro says:

    Bruce Levine says Atlanta and the Yankees have shown interest in Samardzija, Cubs have talked to Choo.

    1. NotAgain says:

      Oh man, as if he’s not full of himself enough at this point, can you imagine him on the Yankees??

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Spellcheck would feel that he deserves to be a Yankee. On the other hand, Matt Kemp for the Dodgers is on the trading block according to his agent, and the Cubs were mentioned as a team Stewart/Kemp would consider. Spellcheck for Kemp: good or bad?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Bad. Quite frankly, we don’t need Kemp. Any trade for Samardzija would have to have a significant pitching prospect in return. On top of that, Samardzija still has two years of team control left while Kemp has a huge, back weighted FA contract that runs for many years yet.

      No thanks.

      1. NotAgain says:

        Aw c’mon, Doc, we’re almost rid of all of Soriano’s money-pit, we’ll need a new hole to dump all that cash into!

        1. Doc Blume says:

          I thought they were using that money to pay off Tom Tunney and the rooftop owners.

  6. snoogans says:

    Jeff ain’t going to the Yankees. Frankly, every single pitching prospect in their system is probably not enough value for him.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I would agree with that assessment. I don’t think the Yankees have enough of what the Cubs want to meet Theo’s demands for Samardzija.

  7. Doc Blume says:

    Mark Prior has retired.

    Next stop, the Hall of Fame, right?

    1. FrankS says:

      Well, if you were to believe the comments on The Trib’s web site, Mark is headed toward the douchebag Hall of Fame. I’m not sure how people who had no personal interaction with Mark can make such comments, nor do I understand their many accusations that he was a steroid abuser. We don’t know and since we don’t know, maybe folks shouldn’t be making such comments.

      Milt Pappas is still pretty much beloved as an ex-Cub, yet there are people (as in police investigators) who think that he murdered his wife. If people can ignore that, why do they heap so much trash on Mark Prior?

      1. NotAgain says:

        This is the internet. Are you new here?? :-)

        1. FrankS says:

          No. I go all the way back to 300 baud modems and calling long distance to Bulletin Board Systems. And, yes, people were idiots back then too.

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