Plenty confident in Cubs' resources, Jed Hoyer sees a careful path forward toward contention

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(670 The Score) After reaching the playoffs five times from 2015-’20 and winning the World Series in 2016, the Cubs are currently enduring their second consecutive losing season.

The Cubs sit at 25-41 and are in fourth place in the NL Central entering play Monday, when they open a four-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park. Following a run of success for the Cubs, there’s growing impatience amid this club's struggles.

Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer is well aware of that, and he indicated the path forward begins with elevating prospects to the big leagues first and then spending in free agency to complement that core.

“As far as the timing, I do feel like that’s such an area where I have to have some humility,” Hoyer told the Mully & Haugh Show on Monday morning. “As cliché as it is sometimes, you try to build it brick by brick and create that great foundation of young talent. You try to keep as much powder dry financially as you can so that when those (prospects) are here, you can really maximize that.”

The Cubs transition from their era of success last July, when they traded core players Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez and a handful of others prior to the trade deadline. By selling off players from the big league level, they added an influx of prospects for their farm system.

At $148.2 million, the Cubs currently have MLB’s 14th-largest payroll, according to Spotrac, a mark that's barely above the league average. The team signed outfielder Seiya Suzuki, right-hander Marcus Stroman and several other veterans in free agency this past offseason but didn't exceed $85 million in a contract.

The Cubs will be prepared to spend like a major-market team again when their prospects are elevated to the big leagues, Hoyer said, which is part of his hope to create a contender once again.

“You have financial currency and you have prospect currency,” Hoyer said. “It's really important to be as healthy as possible in both.

“I know that the money will be there when the time is right to be aggressive again."

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