Theo Epstein joined CSN’s SportsTalk Live to discuss a number of topics, including Masahiro Tanaka, Jeff Samardzija, rebuilding and the overall health of the organization.
For those growing impatient, here’s a money quote that will remind you why the rebuild is worth it:
“It had gotten to the point where [the organization] was really unhealthy. So what we’re doing now is having to strip some of that away, in a lot of different ways – financially, and in terms of our scouting and player development. We’re resetting baselines so we can build it back up and make it healthy. It had to happen. You can get on me for being the one to do it, that’s fine. But I promise you, it had to happen. We don’t like having days like [Tuesday] happen where there are big trades and free agent signings, and we’re sitting it out. You think we want to be there sitting it out? No. But there will be a day really soon where we’re right in the middle of that because we have more financial flexibility, because we have lots of talented young players and assets that everyone wants around the game, and we’re going to be the ones dictating all of those big moves.”
In 2012 and 2013, Wright finished with an ERA of 3.27 and 3.69, respectively. Lefties have posted a slash line of .231/.313/.342 against Wright in his career.
In a bullpen that’s been starving for another lefty since Sean Marshall was traded, Wright could be a solid and affordable complement to James Russell, though he also gives the front office more flexibility to explore a trade involving Russell, who could be packaged with Jeff Samardzija or Nate Schierholtz.Comments
An ordinance that passed through the City Council’s License Committee on Wednesday gives the Cubs more flexibility in scheduling night games. Here are the specifics of the ordinance:
✶ The Cubs get 35 guaranteed night games per season with the ability to add up to eight additional night games (including three on Saturday night) to accommodate MLB’s national television demands. When adding a night game to the schedule, the Cubs only need to notify the council rather than seek their approval. We fully support more night games at Wrigley, especially during the weekday, which would be more convenient for the 9-to-5 fan. In fact, we’d like to see the Cubs play all their weekday home games at night.
✶ In exchange for this increased scheduling flexibility, the Cubs will provide free remote parking for 1,000 cars. When we were kids, the remote parking lot at DeVry was our primary method of getting to the game, but as the title of this blog suggests, we’re big fans of public transportation too. Drive if you must, but take the damn train if you can.
✶ The ordinance also calls for more security during night games, including the addition of up to 20 cops and 30 security officials.
✶ The Cubs will be penalized for concerts that run past 11 p.m.
In related news, aldermen tabled a vote on Tom Tunney’s “sports venue license” ordinance, which would allow the Cubs to sell alcohol from kiosks at Wrigley Field’s open-air plaza. Tunney said he wants more community input before seeking approval.Comments