pretty well on offense without Chicago Cubs Jerseys

pretty well on offense without Chicago Cubs Jerseys

Postautor: chicagohai62 » 19 gru 2017, o 09:38

The Chicago Cubs are ready to add more to their pitching staff at the winter meetings this week, as they’ve already reached agreements with starter Tyler Chatwood and reliever Brandon Morrow this offseason. They’ve also signed left-hander Drew Smyly to a two-year deal, but his recovery from Tommy John surgery makes him more of a long-term investment than an immediate addition. So what’s left to do?

“There’s some things that have changed with teams since we were here [at the GM meetings in November] last time,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Circumstances have changed or ideas have changed. … There are teams shifting what they want to do.”

Hoyer wouldn’t get specific, but industry sources indicate there are more teams in seller mode than before the meetings began. They include Baltimore and, of course, Miami. Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay could be in that category as well.

While the Cubs' front office hammers out details on their new acquisitions, we can examine what has transpired in the past few days:

Manager Joe Maddon held court with reporters on Tuesday and was sure to cause a stir with fans by not immediately eliminating Kyle Schwarber from the leadoff role. Schwarber struggled mightily batting first Kris Bryant Jersey last season, but Maddon discussed the idea with a caveat: that Schwarber wasn't his old self.

“Regarding the leadoff thing, and I know there's a lot of stuff written about that, it was only failed in the sense that Kyle had a tough time last year,” Maddon said. “He could have hit 1 through 9 and still had a tough time last year. It was not his year, although he rebounded really nicely.

“I have not really drawn a lot of conclusions with that. Obviously we still have to see what the team's going to look like in its entirety. Schwarber obviously could lead off, if he is hitting like Schwarber, he's accepting his walks and he's got his .250-plus batting average and his on-base -- his on-base is going to be Javier Baez Jersey a hundred points over his batting average, I really believe that again. I definitely will consider that once again, but I want to see who all the available candidates are first.”

The Cubs have been adamant all along: They don’t know why Schwarber struggled but don’t discount it could have been partly because he was hitting first. They won’t rule anything in or out -- though it does seem less likely he would lead off this time around.

“There’s zero way to prove why he struggled last year,” Hoyer said. “It could have been batting leadoff. It could have been something that was going to happen if he was batting fifth. … I think it would come down to talking to him, having an honest conversation with Joe. ‘Would this bother you? Be honest. Don’t tell me what I want to hear kind of thing.’ [Schwarber] would know better.”

Incidentally, Schwarber was at the winter meetings on Tuesday, though that should not start up the rumor mill.

“He’s always been someone teams have had interest in, I guess, but we have probably the most interest,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Monday.

Schwarber has lost a lot of weight -- he didn’t know how much -- so Hoyer figured Obrazek he was in town to display his new look Chicago Cubs Jerseys to everyone.

“He came here to show off,” Hoyer laughed.

As for acquiring a leadoff man, it’s still not a high priority for the Cubs -- for good reason. They have more important concerns and did pretty well on offense without a semblance of a good leadoff man last season.

“It’s a luxury for us,” Epstein said. “You can have a functional offense without a traditional leadoff guy. We demonstrated that last year. … I’d sign up for over 800 runs again.
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