Theo Epstein Speaks: Samardzija, Tanaka, Spending, Syncing, Prospects, More

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Theo Epstein Speaks: Samardzija, Tanaka, Spending, Syncing, Prospects, More

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theo epstein about thatChicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein addressed the media this afternoon at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. From the outside, it’s been a very quiet set of meetings for the Cubs, but the front office isn’t down there to get a tan.

His remarks were live-tweeted by those in attendance …

Obviously, the first issue on folks’ mind was that meeting with Jeff Samardzija’s agents.

Epstein addressed Scott Boras’s comments about the Cubs not spending, acting small market, etc.:

So, when will the Cubs make some big splashes? Well, it’s pretty much as I laid out earlier:

And a little more on the same issue:

That’s all the expectation, because, well, when the money is there and the young talent is there, the Cubs would have no reason not to be more active. Of course, we all want to know is that next year or the next year or the next year – not that Epstein can answer as openly as he might want to. I’m sure it gets frustrating having to try and express the same thing over and over without being able to go into the details for competitive reasons.

But are the Cubs doing anything right now? Well, yes, le duh:

Hey, those are usually the moves that I get excited about. We know of several starting pitchers and relievers in whom the Cubs have interest, and it seems a pretty good bet that the offer out there for a positional player is an outfielder.

As for Masahiro Tanaka, Epstein gave no indication that the Cubs won’t be involved, as we expect them to be:

And in case you were worried that The Plan merely involves waiting on the prospects to come to the bigs and solve everything, that has never been the case:

Prospects, alone, aren’t the answer. Expecting all of them to come up and coalesce into a repeat contender over the course of the next decade is an absurd disaster waiting to happen. Do you need to be reminded that the front office is not populated by idiots? They surely recognize that the team needs to have productive veterans in place when the prospects come up (1) to help ease the transition for the prospects and not place so much pressure on them, and (2) to win help win games.

And a quick nod to the lefties in the pen/prospect pitchers, just for the hell of it:

I really like the idea of seeing whether Raley can succeed as a LOOGY, because I don’t see a long-term starter there.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.