Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer Speak: Still Nothing Doing Tonight, "Status Quo" an Option, Other Frosty Things

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Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer Speak: Still Nothing Doing Tonight, “Status Quo” an Option, Other Frosty Things

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The Winter Meetings wrap tomorrow after the Rule 5 Draft, and so far, while there have been a variety of moves around baseball, and plenty of rumors centering on the Cubs, nothing definitive has actually happened.

  • And based on President Theo Epstein’s comments tonight, it’s probable that nothing is going to happen later tonight or tomorrow, either (outside of perhaps a selection in the Rule 5 Draft):

  • As for the overall expectations about the offseason, let me just say up front that, actually, status quo is a very bad option:

  • Is that just a one-off comment better understood with context, or is that a seed being planted for an offseason that extremely mirrors last year’s trajectory of “change is needed!”-“change is probably not happening!”-“we’re still pretty good!”-“we changed some of the environmental and cultural stuff!”

  • Epstein also added a bit more to Jed Hoyer’s earlier comments about Anthony Rizzo and an extension:

Meanwhile, Hoyer was on MLB Network earlier in the day, and Luis caught the show, passing along these paraphrased bits:

  • On Kris Bryant: I think he’s been a hot topic with the media. We’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of our guys. They all have two years of control left. It’s natural conversation. We love this core group. We have to make some tough decisions. Trying to win now, trying to win later. We’re certainly proud of those accomplishments, there’s a sense of frustration because of 2018 and 2019. The arrow of the last couple of years hasn’t been what we hoped. We want to keep this group together in so many different ways, but at the same time there is a reality in this business. Service time considerations, salary considerations. Mentions Ricketts goal is to have sustained winner.
  • Craig Kimbrel was a calculated risk. The bad one-run record in 2019 wasn’t luck, it was an indicator of our struggles in high leverage situations.
  • On Nick Castellanos: There’s payroll implications. We’d have to figure out where he fits. Nick couldn’t have been any better. If he isn’t back with us, we wish him the best.
  • David Ross has the ability to hold people accountable, but guys still wanna be around him. Leadership quality. People trust him. The last 5 years under Joe Maddon couldn’t have gone better. David for where we are is a good fit. Joe is a good fit for Angels.
  • We’ve been really sloppy, and that’s probably been our biggest frustration. It felt like, every night, you had to beat us. Last two years, I think we led baseball in outs on the bases, made a lot of errors. It wasn’t clean and crisp. We left a lot of games on the field where we gave them outs and gave them base-runners. We can’t play that sloppy brand of baseball.


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.