Jed Hoyer says Cubs still open for business

Jed Hoyer says Cubs still open for business

It’s hard to figure out where this Cubs front office wants to take things right now. You can't figure out what they have up their sleeves.

Jed Hoyer says the Cubs may be looking to make some more deals before the season starts. If they did end up making some deals, you would think they would involve making room for some of the younger players in the organization.

Still, guys like Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo could benefit from a couple of months down at AAA. So what are they looking to do?

Either way, Hoyer is anticipating some movement towards the end of spring training, and it sounds like they want to get involved.

 "GMs don't call around too much until the end because they realize that everyone is assessing. … Everyone has an area or two they would like to improve or a guy they like might be available (who wasn't) in the offseason."

"We have the pieces in place that we wouldn't need to," he said. "But, yes, we certainly will be active in those (trade) conversations. We wouldn't be doing our job if we weren't."

Hoyer may find some interest out there in center fielder Marlon Byrd, pitchers Randy Wells, Rodrigo Lopez, or even catcher Geovany Soto to name a few.

However, it is possible that the Cubs could think about trying to add to the team, and Hoyer says they will have the ability to do so financially.

 "We are going to come in a little under (opening day payroll) where we were last year, but we had plenty of flexibility over the winter to make the moves we made," he said. "We left a little flexibility so we can make some moves if we need to."

I personally doubt that Hoyer would be looking to add before the season, but you never know if another low risk gamble could present it’s self. If there is one area the Cubs could deal from strength, it would surprisingly be starting pitching.

Don’t count on that deal happening just yet though. Hoyer still probably wants to hang onto guys like Wells and Lopez until they figure out what they have in Jeff Samardzija, and to see if they can straighten out Travis Wood.

I did hear some whispers that they could be looking for an experienced bullpen arm, maybe someone like Texas reliever Koji Uehara.

Just when Hoyer is talking about adding talent, you get the sneaky suspicion they could still move Matt Garza. Garza ultimately represents the best option to get some young arms back in the organization.

Stay tuned; somehow I don’t think the final 25 are in camp just yet.

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  • As we get closer to hearing the bell ring some teams like the Bosox and Tigers are rethinking their in house options for a starter. it wouldnt suprise me at all if Matt Garza is moved. If fine with that move as long as it imptoves our long term outlook.

  • All along, I have suspected they are still looking to make a big deal. They keep talking like they are keeping Garza, but he and Byrd seem to be the only real chips to deal.

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    The one deal that seems to most likely happen is signing Soler. I think that's where some of the access payroll will go towards. As for a trade, I don't see big names moving. When was the last time a big name was traded right before the season started? Maybe one of our back end starters will move. I don't see Byrd and Garza moving until maybe closer to the trading deadline.

  • In reply to Danny Guerra:

    Yeah Danny, they are still probably going to land Soler. I also don't anticipate anything big, but you can't underestimate these guys, they seem to always be looking big picture.

  • The front office has had a chance to look at what it has
    ,in talent, going into the season. It should trade whoever,
    not Castro, and get the best they can for the team of the
    future. It's a given that Jackson and Rizzo are a big part
    of the future.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I think Sveums comments about being bummed that one of the young catchers would have to be optioned down could be a sign that maybe Soto might be moved..I can't beleve KC nabbed Quientero from Houston over Geo, the guys like 4 years older than Soto and can't hit like him either.. I get a feeling they'll make some moves..,.

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    i definitely feel u on the quientero thing, but soto makes 3+mil more than him and wouldve cost higher end prospects to get. for a team that holds on to their prospects pretty tightly and who pretty much has to penny pinch to have any shot at contending it was the right move. i also dont think theyl go after soto in the future because they just locked up their young catcher to a multi year extension and the only reason they made the deal for quientero is because they needed insurance for perez because of the injury.

  • I'd like to see an upgrade at 2B.

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    As much as Garza has grown on me this off season he would be wasted on this current team. With every article about him I read I like him more and more as a player. Love his ultra competitive attitude he seems to brings every single day. Though looking long term he almost has to go to bring in another wave of upper level talent to help stock the farm system. I honestly believe if it wasn't for the new CBA and its drastic limitations on the draft they would have already extended his contract. Then geared up to do another spending spree in the draft like they did last season.

    With that said I think it might be foolish to look back on past precedent of what has happened regards to trades at this time frame. Things have drastically changed on several fronts from the Cubs front office to the new CBA. The new FO is determined to build this team from the ground up making almost anyone up for trade at any time at the right price. No more Hendry holding on to Baker because he is a "valuable" commodity on a bad team.

  • In reply to Brian Katowitz:

    I hear the Rays have some good prospects. Maybe they'll trade them to us for Garza?

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    This front office is hard to read. They play everything close to the vest, and what they do leak is often deliberate misdirection. However, I think it's a lot better than the way the previous front office handled things. There is method to their madness.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    That is what I'm saying, you aren't sure what they are looking at. I wouldn't put anything past them. I really doubt they would deal Garza but now is the last chance to really cash in (more team control for suitors).

  • My guess is that they'll make a couple of minor deals to help them manage the roster better. The have the Rule 5 pick, a couple players out of options, and some depth in the IF and back end starters. They may have to shuffle some parts around and hopefully get some long term assets out of it.

    It's what Michael says here, though, they don't wear their hearts on their sleeve. They're telling teams these guys are available but we don't HAVE to trade them. The translation is that they'll trade them but only for value. They'd rather find a way to make room and maybe send some guys down than give anybody away and I like that.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Agreed - it doesn't take a genius to figure out that something's gotta give with the 40 man roster. One too many OF's, one too many IF's and at least an extra pitcher needs to get gone in order to accomodate some NRI's/waiver pickups that are performing well and/or need to get stashed on the 40 man.

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    I guess you can make it work if you want to keep them all, You send DeWitt, Mather, and Dolis to the minors (and keep Campana, Cardenas, and either Castillo or De La Cruz), but that doesn't seem to be what the Cubs want to do here, so I'm pretty sure they prefer to make some deals but these guys don't like to give anything away and I like that.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    That is right, everything is looked at as an asset rather than trying to move a player just for the sake of making room.

  • I wonder if the Giants might be potential trade partners. Buster Posey hasn't caught more than six innings in a game and hasn't caught back to back games yet. Sanchez has yet to play at second, so they might be interested in Baker or DeWitt. They probably have the payroll to take on Soto's salary.

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    Non-thread related, but the Bears just signed Michael Bush. Kudos to the new GM! Now if we could just get an OL that can block for him and Forte and keep Cutler from getting killed.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Agreed. It all starts with the line. On both sides of the ball. Hopefully the Bears address those areas as well, whether through free agency or the draft.

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    Forte should stay off twitter. His response to the signing wasn't good.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Just read that, too.

  • He is acting like a fool, he is getting paid like a top back, and it's not a RB league anymore.

  • Maybe if the idiots in the Bears draft war room would draft a few Hawkeyes once in awhile they could keep Cutler upright.

  • I'm guessing they move Wells. I hope I'm wrong since I like Wells, but he pitched well this spring, so I can see teams being interested. Plus, seems like he's going to just miss out on a rotation spot (though I'd have him in mine), so this might be the best time to get value for him - before he moves to the bullpen.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    I just don't see them moving him just yet, they need depth for now.

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