Chicago Cubs GM Jed Hoyer was on the Spiegel and Goff show on The Score today, and he discussed the team’s twin moves last night. Moving Starlin Castro was hard, according to Hoyer, but the Cubs were really interested in Adam Warren, and they wanted to be able to clear a starting spot for Ben Zobrist.
Of particular note, Hoyer pointed out that, from a financial perspective, the Cubs would have been able to sign Zobrist even if they hadn’t traded Castro. In other words, the financial flexibility is still there, as we discussed this morning.
How much flexibility and what exactly the Cubs are going to do, Hoyer was, of course, less specific. He said that the Cubs aren’t done, and they’ll look at a variety of things, including the possibility of being opportunistic in areas we might not be expecting. It did not sound like anything was off the table, however, including the possibility of spending big in the outfield, even if Hoyer did not say so explicitly.
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