(670 The Score) After a two-month hiatus from competing for a division title, the Cubs intend do what’s needed this offseason in order to get back into the mix in 2022.
"We plan to be really active in free agency,” president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Friday. “We plan to spend money intelligently. That is about the easiest way I can say it.”
After the Cubs’ sell-off of third baseman Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Javier Baez and reliever Craig Kimbrel in late July, their focus shifted to player development and the evaluation of youngsters in August and September. But when the 2022 season begins, the Cubs want to compete for the NL Central crown again.
"We will sit down and talk as an organization on how to mold this in the right way,” Hoyer said. “Obviously, we are scouting that free-agent market heavily. We are going to analyze that market heavily. There are offseasons when free agency is what you do a little bit of. This year, we are going to be a little more active than usual for our roster because we have a lot more open spots. We just want to do it in a thoughtful intelligent way.”
While it’s unclear which players the Cubs might add in free agency, there’s clarity on who will be leading them on a daily basis again. Hoyer had high praise for second-year manager David Ross, who’s expected to be signed to a contract extension soon. Ross originally signed a three-year contract upon being named Cubs manager ahead of the 2020 season.
“He is already an excellent manager, and I think he can be someone really special in the job,” Hoyer said. “I think talking about David or the other people in our front office will be more appropriate next week after the season concludes.”
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