The Chicago Cubs promised they will kick the tires on everyone in free agency this offseason. They plan to start big with loud names on the pitching side as they plan to sit down with agents for David Price, Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann at this week's general manager meeting in Florida.
Don't, however, expect the Cubs to walk away this week with one of best names in pitching, the meetings are more for 'information gathering,' according to CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney.
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While the Cubs aren't about to go on a spending spree this offseason, they are hoping to get 'creative,' according to President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Finding a way to sign a big-name free agent, without breaking the bank, and keep the core of the 97-win team intact is Chicago's goal heading into 2016.
"Our job is to deal with now, and then also deal with the future," general manager Jed Hoyer told CSN Chicago Tuesday. "We have a really bright future for a long time and we're always thinking about how commitments for today will impact us down the road."
Not only are the Cubs looking to add in free agency, they could use the surplus of hitters to make a trade in the offseason.
To Hoyer, it is important for the Cubs to improve this offseason, but not step away from the club's formula for success that has brought it out of the rebuilding stage to a World Series contender.
"There are going to be guys who get top dollar, but there's also going to be places where you can be creative and find value. I think we've done that really well in the past. And now that we're a competitive team, we don't want to get away from that," Hoyer said. "The best teams continue to try to find value in different places and (get) creative in ways to round out their team. If you just get to a point of being competitive -- and then rely on the free-agent market for everything -- I think there's a danger in that."