Reports have pointed to the front office’s desire to add pitching to the Cubs’ roster. And according to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs “have contacted all of the 29 other teams seeking at least a mid-rotation starter capable of falling in behind Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta” in a playoff rotation.
The Sun-Times mentioned the injury to Javier Baez possibly derailing a deal with the Mets. And even with Cole Hamels missing a start Friday with a slight hamstring strain, the Cubs still appear to be interested in the Phillies’ southpaw.
The Cubs lack depth in starting pitching to the point that any injuries to the starting staff could have a significant impact on the team staying in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs.
Gordon Wittenmyer reported that the front office is “not willing to give up any of their bigger-named prospects, any of the rookies on the current roster.” The Cubs would, however, “consider most others from a growing pool of other hitting prospects” if they were able to get back “an experienced starter with multiple years of club control left.”
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have talked about trades that make sense for now and the future of the organization. The front office is not willing to let go of the long term vision for the Cubs just for a chance to win now.
Trading for rental players, or players that are set to become free agents at the end of the season, does not appear to fit with the front office’s plan. While the Cubs have been connected to Scott Kazmir and Tyler Clippard for instance, it is hard to see Epstein and Hoyer dipping into prospect currency in the organization to pay the price to only help the team this season.
The report from the Sun-Times points to the Cubs having “multiple conversations” with the Mets and Los Angeles Angels without mentioning any names the front office could be interested in acquiring.
According to the Sun-Times report, OF Jacob Hannemann “is said to be drawing interest.” And Arismendy Alcantara is also believed to be of interest to several teams across the league.
After a very good start to his season with High-A Myrtle Beach (.328/.388/.393 in 16 games), Jacob Hannemann has struggled with Double-A Tennessee since his promotion (.201/.248/.305 in 44 games). Arismendy Alcantara continues to put up the numbers at the plate for Triple-A Iowa and has hit .271/.329/.512 with five doubles, three triples and three home runs for a .886 OPS over his last 17 games.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer know the Cubs have a legitimate chance to make it into the post-season tournament. And the front office is searching for ways to improve the big league roster for Joe Maddon.