7/31 Hoyer: Not close to deal
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said they were never that close to making a deal at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
“The good thing is we feel we were incredibly productive this month,” Hoyer said. “We made a lot of deals and feel we got better as an organization this month.”
There was interest in Nate Schierholtz, David DeJesus, Kevin Gregg, James Russell, Dioner Navarro and Carlos Villanueva, but no deals were made.
“We’re happy with the players we kept, if you want to look at it that way,” Hoyer said. “We thought we had a high, but not unreasonably high price on some of the guys. A lot of the guys who were being asked about, we control going forward. We feel it makes our winter potentially easier. We didn’t have the value there to make any deals today. It’s fine. I think our July was really productive and we’re happy about it and now we can move forward.”
Hoyer said when teams make deals early in the month, they’re pretty specific about what they want.
“It was strategic to move early and we’re glad we did it,” he said.
The Cubs’ plan is to continue to acquire assets. That won’t change.
“One thing is obvious from today if you look around the league is that people hold really tight to their young players,” he said. “We need to get a lot more of them. That part won’t change. I’d love to be in a situation where we’re on the other side of the conversation next year and years going forward.”
— Carrie Muskat