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.