Cubs Embracing Change, Open To Trades

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- As an offseason of uncertainty awaits with the promise of change, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said his team won't consider any player an "untouchable" and that he's willing to discuss trades.

"We're open to change," Epstein said in his season-ending press conference Monday afternoon. "We're open-minded about this roster."

The Cubs finished an 84-78 season Sunday, marking the first time they missed the playoffs since 2014. They also chose to part ways with manager Joe Maddon, informing him that he wouldn't be returning for 2020. That move is just the beginning of the changes that Epstein will implement this offseason.

Asked specifically about the prospect of trading star third baseman Kris Bryant, Epstein referred to the Cubs' roster as a whole.

"I don't believe in untouchables," Epstein said. "I never have."

While the level of change expected this offseason are still being defined, Epstein stated the Cubs won't be undergoing a full-blown rebuild of any kind.

The Cubs are still working with the goal of winning another World Series during the window of some younger players' contract control. Bryant is among the players under contract through the 2021 season.

"We have a lot of good players," Epstein said. "We have high standards. We absolutely want to win the World Series next year."

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