11/30 Prepping for Nashville

The Winter Meetings will be next week in Nashville, and the Cubs still have some holes to fill. Whether they sign free agents or acquire talent via trade, one thing is certain. No one is untouchable.

“We lost 101 games last year,” GM Jed Hoyer said. “I don’t think we’re in position to say we have enough talent, or to say to any one player on the roster he’s untouchable. We certainly have several players who we would have a hard time parting with and it would take a heck of a package to make it happen.

“In general, there shouldn’t be many untouchables in the game and there usually aren’t and I think they certainly shouldn’t be on teams looking to acquire a lot of talent,” he said. “I think the answer is no, but that’s no disrespect to the players we have. We just need to acquire a lot of talent.”

It could be a busy week.  The Cubs do want to add more pitching.

“We still look at it as an area of need,” Hoyer said. “We’re actively looking to improve our bullpen and we haven’t been able to address that yet this winter with the exception of bringing back Shawn Camp.”

Plus, because Scott Baker and Arodys Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves, are both coming off Tommy John surgery, and Matt Garza had his season shortened by an elbow injury, the Cubs need depth. They also want to add an outfielder who can play center or right, and need help for the bench.

Hoyer did confirm that Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa was considering the Cubs and did tour Wrigley Field. However, Hoyer would not comment on the negotiations or provide a timetable. He did say they were impressed by the right-hander.

“If we bring in someone who has closing experience, or a number of guys who have closing experience, that’s no knock on Carlos,” Hoyer said. “I think every team in baseball wants to have an assortment of guys back there who if the need arises can pitch in the ninth inning. Hopefully we can do that.”

– Carrie Muskat

2 Comments

There is always alot of hype at the Winter Meetings. My hopes are the hype is downplayed on the Cubs part. Please stay away from Bourne!! There were some interesting players non-tendered, hopefully they can use some of them to get past 2013. Maybe sign another pitcher like Baker and Feldman and possibly make another minor trade using Marmol as bait.
With Baez and Jr Lake coming on fast, I would be looking at what Barney might bring. After his GG season and being 27 or 28, his value will never be as high as it is right now. I think more would be given for Garza after he makes a complete comeback, maybe keep him until late May or June.

You know it would be wise to bring back Ryan Dempster. He was the Cubs work horse and is very reliable. You don’t have to be Forest Gump to know what your getting there.

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