There was a lot of good information to come out of the GM Meetings directly from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, with most of the comments from the front office supplied in two excellent reports from Comcast SportsNet.
While waiting for the next juicy rumor to debate and ponder, take the time and read what the Cubs’ brass recently said about the direction of the team.
Theo Epstein – Comcast SportsNet: “We’re right at that point in the win curve where every win that we can tack onto this roster on paper is potentially really, really meaningful. I don’t take that for granted at all.”
“Those wins could be really important. They can be the difference between getting in, not getting in. They can be the difference between winning the division or winning the wild card. If things go really wrong, it could be keeping you in contention so you can reshuffle the deck midseason and still make a run at it.”
Theo Epstein – Comcast SportsNet: “You can’t count on building a super-team and that will translate to winning the World Series,” Epstein said. “The best way to do it is have really good teams year after year, get in year after year. And eventually you’ll win it.”
Theo Epstein – MLB.com: “I do think we’ve been walking a tightrope with our lack of starting pitching depth, even beyond the first five guys — like, six through 10. There are a lot of teams that use 13 starting pitchers in a year. If we had that kind of season where we suffered significant attrition in our rotation, it would really be damaging to us.”
Theo Epstein – MLB.com: “Beyond free agency and trades and the currency of the winter, I love what this organization is all about. More than anything, it’s the culture, and that will serve us well for the long term, beyond whatever trades we make or free agents we sign or don’t sign.”
“I think we have something that I would bet on more, which is the culture we’ve created, the process of acquiring and developing talent and having it break in at the big league level that will serve us well, and that’s more important in the long run than anything we do or don’t do this winter. It’s our job to hit on a series of coin flips and make sure 2016 is special, too.”
Jed Hoyer – Comcast SportsNet: “Our job is to deal with now – and then also deal with the future. We have a really bright future for a long time and we’re always thinking about how commitments for today will impact us down the road. There’s a natural inclination to sort of look at the top of the free-agent market – and there’s great players there – (but) we have to think about the entire market (and) ways to get better at every tier. Because, yeah, I do think there’s a risk of becoming inflexible.”
Jed Hoyer – Comcast SportsNet: “There are going to be guys who get top dollar. But there’s also going to be places where you can be creative and find value. I think we’ve done that really well in the past. And now that we’re a competitive team, we don’t want to get away from that.
“The best teams continue to try to find value in different places and (get) creative in ways to round out their team. If you just get to a point of being competitive – and then rely on the free-agent market for everything – I think there’s a danger in that.”
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