When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over the Chicago Cubs nearly two years back, the message was clear – they were going to rebuild the team from the ground up. This meant no more grasping for big name free agents, and the focus turned to building a great farm system to produce future stars. To this point, Epstein and Hoyer have done a good job in that area, but they’ve reached another crucial point with decisions to make on a couple key veterans at the upcoming MLB trade deadline.
As they have been the past couple of seasons, Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano are on the trading block. Numerous teams have expressed interest in Garza, as he’s probably the best pitcher on the market. There should be a good amount of interest in Soriano as well, because he’s simply been on a tear lately. One proposed idea is to send both players to the same team, so you’d have to consider the Texas Rangers an ideal candidate.
2013 needs to be different than last year, though, because the Cubs must trade both of these guys and get more valuable prospects in return. The stock is very high for both veterans at the moment and failing to pull the trigger on a deal would be foolish.
The Cubs have played well lately, but they’re not even close to a contending team. Esptein and Hoyer must stick to their game plan of stockpiling prospects for future runs. Even though it’s frustrating for fans to see a marginally talented team on the field right now, this is just how it goes in the first couple years of a rebuilding project.
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