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Theo Epstein feel urgency to deal with needs on mound
Theo Epstein Armando d. Sanchez / chicago, il Tribune
Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein talks with members of the press the day after the Cubs lost Game 4 of the national League Championship Series to the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on Oct. 22, 2015.
right after agreeing to sign with the Cubs on Friday, John Lackey sent a text to mark Ross.
"Let's go win this action, The 37 years old Lackey wrote to Ross, 38.
With Lackey signed to a two year contract and Ross admitting that 2016 likely will be the final year of a major league career that started in 2002, There was a greater sense of urgency as the Cubs' large contingent arrived Sunday on the eve of the winter months meetings.
The concurrence with Lackey, Which will end up as official once he passes a physical examination, Addresses one of the Cubs' three main goals for the offseason: building up pitching, Relief throwing and center field.
With the free agent market starting out accelerate, The Cubs and the other 29 teams are anticipated to focus more on trades as officials gather at the Opryland Resort.
Unless the Cubs can sign a rangy center fielder at an economical price soon, They're expected to put much of their energy in the next four days toward acquiring a starting pitcher a very extensive period away from free agency and a reliever.
One source quelled speculation that the Cubs were making sizable progress toward a deal for Padres starter Tyson Ross, Adding that the Padres are sorting out multiple toronto blue jays that include pitcher Andrew Cashner and expensive outfielder Matt Kemp.
Since Theo Epstein had become the club president before the 2012 season, The Cubs have turned their game plan from dealing veterans such as pitchers Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija for young talent to swapping low tier talent, As they did at last December's winter meetings the moment acquired catcher Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley (Who complex from Class A Visalia to the majors, Where he posted a 5 1 collection).
The Cubs still have a surplus of middle infielders Xander Bogaerts youth Jersey, With Javier Baez and Starlin Castro the rather candidates to go if there's a deal. But Epstein told reporters Friday that he loves carrying at least two correct shortstops on the roster.