Theo on adding pitching as Cubs Convention opens: ‘We’re not done’
Cubs Convention opening ceremonies came and went without the classic surprise unveiling of a new member of the organization or new role for someone — unless you count Scott Harris’ promotion to assistant general manager.
But team president Theo Epstein said Friday he has no intention of stopping there.
“We’re not done,” said Epstein, who has been in the market for a frontline starting pitcher, with free agents Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb prominently in the mix.
“We have confidence in this group if this is the 25 we end up taking to spring training. But realistically, we’d certainly like to add another pitcher. I like the talent that we have right now, but I think we could certainly add to the depth.”
That might mean adding multiple depth pitchers or “another real quality pitcher,” he said.
Either way, his front-office team will continue to work on it all the way into and through spring training if targets are still available and the need is still there.
“We’d make a move tonight if we could,” he said. “But it’s not there. We’ve made moves in spring training before, if it comes to that. I hope for everyone’s sake that things happen in an orderly fashion before spring training and players get settled.”
Asked about a return of free agent Jake Arrieta, Epstein didn’t rule it out. Arrieta, who has received short-term offers from at least six teams — including the Cubs — isn’t considered close to signing with any of them.
“I’m done predicting this winter,” Epstein said. “It’d kind of taken on a life of its own. We’ll see what happens.”
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