Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has made it clear that the team will be focused on the future for the remainder of 2021. This will include the exchange of veterans, possibly including “staple” parts, and will seek to obtain future assets in return. The part of the team that will be exchanged will be seen in the coming weeks. Either way, Hoyer said he didn’t anticipate it looking like the rebuilding of Theo Epstein he helped coordinate in 2012.
It’s probably fair to say that fans want to see a reshuffle within the squad to improve for the future. That said, it would be very difficult for people to put up with several seasons of 90-100 losses before they become a competitive team again. The Ricketts family probably don’t want to stay too long and see ticket sales potentially take a big hit and Marquee’s odds drop, making less profit. In short, rapid reconstruction is what is desired for all parties involved.
Last week Hoyer went on the Laurence Holmes Show on 670 the score and talked about the future of the Cubs. Asked specifically about the team’s current position compared to where the organization was in 2012, Hoyer replied:
When we walked in in 2012 we realized it was going to be a very long process to get good. We didn’t feel like we had the right pieces together. Now I think with the players that we have I don’t see any reason why this should be a long process.
Part of what Hoyer talked about was having the right parts to build and he thinks he has them in-house right now, as opposed to 2012. Which hasn’t been answered yet, but will be soon. , what exactly are these parts? A combination of basic guys and leads? Mainly prospects? There is always the possibility that they will keep a core member and expand it, be it Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez or Kris Bryant (less likely) and build around said person.
Chicago Cubs: So how long should fans expect for a rebuild?
It certainly feels like Hoyer wants this to be as quick as possible, maybe even just a year or two. The Cubs have Nico Hoerner in place, and we could see other prospects Brennen Davis, Brailyn
Marquez and Miguel Amaya are arriving next year. Other big hopes like Ed Howard, Cristian Hernandez, Kohl Franklin and Reginald Preciado are in a few years. That doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t put together another competitive team sooner rather than later.
If the Cubs keep a centerpiece to build and the Ricketts allow wallets to be reopened, then this rebuilding won’t have to be as excruciating as it was from 2012 to mid-2014. It may also depend on the number of quality, near MLB-ready leads who can come back in potential deals for Craig Kimbrel, Bryant, and other veterans, which can help speed up the process.
This is the critical moment for this organization. A quick turnover and return to the top will buy Hoyer a lot of goodwill with the fans and could ease the pressure on ownership as well.