The front office has been talking about the importance of adding veteran leadership to the young clubhouse this off-season. Even with the emergence of Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, the Cubs think a veteran presence is needed to not only help win games on the field but to help the prospects make the transition to the big leagues.
As Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer said this week, the Cubs are well-positioned to add impact starting pitching to the roster from outside the organization. The main priority for the Cubs is adding pitching to the organization over the next 12-24, but the Cubs are also exploring ways to mix in veteran position players to the roster. And Jed Hoyer said Friday adding a veteran bat that can get on base is high on the list for the Cubs going into the off-season.
During his weekly segment on The Kap & Haugh Show (87.7 The Game), Jed Hoyer talked about the two areas the Cubs will focus on this winter, pitching and veteran position players.
“I think it is one of these two things and I don’t think I would prioritize one over the other,” Hoyer said on The Kap & Haugh Show. “I think we obviously have to add starting pitching this winter and we will be looking to do that. Despite what we talked about with [Tsuyoshi] Wada and [Kyle] Hendricks and all of those guys, we still need to add a lot more arms to our mix. That will be one of the main things we focus on.”
And while the front office is looking at ways to add impact starting pitching from outside the organization, the Cubs will also explore options to add veteran position players Epstein and Hoyer feel the team lacks with the way the roster is currently constructed.
“Second thing is going to be a real focus on finding some guys that can get on base,” Hoyer said. “If they can be left-handed that would be great because our guys are predominately right handed, so left-handed bats that can get on base or any bats that can get on base would be great. One of the things we’ve talked about is that our power is fantastic and we’re going to hit a lot of home runs and we will be able to spread some games out. We’ve got to turn those into two-run and three-run homers. Solo shots don’t win. We are going to have to really make sure that we can add some guys that can get on base.”
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said on the record that the Cubs have the financial flexibility to add talent from outside of the organization, plus the front office has the prospect currency to make trades if that is the direction the front office decides to take. All signs are pointing to it being a busy off-season for the Chicago Cubs.