We talked yesterday about the possibility that the recent success of the Cubs starting pitching could speed up the timetable of the rebuilding plan.
Gordon Wittenmyer’s club sources say the organization is starting to buy into just that possibility. Wittenmyer also says the Cubs plan (not surprisingly) hinges on what they do with Matt Garza.
Team insiders say the Cubs have no set timetable when it comes to making a decision on their ace. They do not have to trade him at the deadline if they don’t resign him contrary to many rumors and school of thought.
Considering that he’s under club control through next season with another year of arbitration eligibility, Cubs brass has ample time to measure his value against the market and the progress of the rest of the organization.
This seems certain: If the Cubs sign Garza to an extension, they plan to build with him.
Wittenmyer’s piece also features quotes from former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo talking about Theo Epstein and a potential plan for the Cubs.
Arroyo says the Cubs plan could go a long way if they can find three starting pitchers that can give them a the kind of efforts they have gotten from Garza, Jeff Samardzija, and Ryan Dempster.
‘‘That can take you to the promised land in itself [if] you get three guys doing that on a consistent basis,’’ Arroyo said.
‘‘I see them, they’re kind of at a crossroads now, where they need someone like Theo to kind of take direction and say, ‘This is the way we’re going to go in order to try to win this thing.’ ’’
This is encouraging news to me as we all want to see this rebuilding process through, but would it hurt for it to get sped up by a find like Samardzija? The Cubs brass may be looking to build around Garza and Samardzija instead of breaking them up.
Wittenmyer says club sources are starting to think along those lines.
There isn’t much information coming out of the Cubs front office these days. I had heard recently that Theo and Jed Hoyer even warned Chicago media vets that info would be scarce.
However if Wittenmyer’s sources are right, it sounds like this plan maybe on an accelerated path.
That is some information we would all like to hear.