A couple of months before the season ended, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer began laying the groundwork on the additions the front office would like to make to the big league roster this winter. The Cubs would like to mix in impact talent from outside the organization to what is projected to be the youngest roster in baseball to help the team reach its goal of winning the division.
When Epstein talked about the Cubs plans during his season ending press conference and with the season ticket holders last month, he discussed the team’s focus changing from purely a talent acquisition standpoint to winning games while continuing the development of the young players at the Major League level. Epstein stressed the Cubs would not alter The Plan and sellout to win in 2015. And even with Joe Maddon on board for the next five years, the front office is not going to switch gears and take the organization in a different direction.
The Cubs did not hire Joe Maddon for any other reason except for the fact he is Joe Maddon.
“We didn’t go after Joe [Maddon] because he’s a big ticket manager,” Epstein said. “We went after him because he’s Joe Maddon and we think he is the right guy to lead this group of players now and for the long-term.”
“We’ve already talked ad nauseam about where we are. We believe that we are transitioning away from a three-year period where we were essentially only accumulating young talent and now we are competing,” Epstein said.
“I am not saying we are all the way there. We may not peak in 2015 but we are competing and when you are going to compete you have to set your sights high and we’ve already said our goal is [to win] the division this year and now Joe echoes that and the World Series he added on top of it, which I like.”
“Having Joe here doesn’t necessarily change our plans this winter. We are out to add talent. It might make it a little bit easier you know Joe’s got a great reputation in the game. I know players want to play for him. We are growing as an organization.”
“We are not going to speed it up because Joe is here. We are not going to slow it down because Joe is here,” Epstein said. “We are going to continue to grow this thing organically and compete. I look forward to that.”
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said the Cubs would be aggressive this winter adding talent. And there is a lot of speculation the Cubs could be very active in free agency, but even with Joe Maddon on board, the front office is going to follow The Plan that was hatched just over three years ago