Keeping Contreras and Happ, Impact of Qualification Offer, Trading Effross, Cubs Called on Soto-Ohtani, No Davis or Amaya this year, more

Chicago Cubs Chief of Baseball Operations Jade Hoyer at 670 The Score this morning and shared a lot – not only about the deadline and deals the Cubs made or not, but the Cubs’ participation in the Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto sweepstakes and chances to see Brennan Davis or Miguel Amaya in Chicago this season. I did my best to capture his answers directly below, rephrasing them…

  • We’ve been well prepared, we’ve gone to the deadline to say if we can clearly improve our future, that’s definitely something we’ll think about. But you know, we never really got close to that streak, so that decision (not to make certain trades) was fairly easy in the end. You obviously don’t trade with really good players unless you feel like you can stand up to your fan base and say our future is getting brighter.
  • In the past year, we’ve felt like we’ve had some deals that we feel incredibly strong. And this year we didn’t. I think we made two really good runs. But I think obviously the players who were probably more expected never came true, and that’s because they are really good players and we’ve never come close to the right price.
  • On the disparity between what the Cubs thought Wilson Contreras was worth and the other teams: We appreciate Wilson very much for his contributions to the team and what we know he brings every day. I think the market is a tight market. The relationship between the show’s crew and the participant throughout the year, it develops. And I think a lot of teams are reluctant to change catch-up in the middle of the season due to the challenges of learning a new team in the middle of the year. It was a tight market. You know, frankly, we had a feeling it could be. We passed that on to Wilson and his representatives – “You know, that’s not certain.” I think based on the media coverage, there was an assumption that this would definitely happen. But I think we knew there were quite a few teams that would consider such a deal. But we eventually learned that it’s not like having a starter pitcher or using a relief pitcher where everyone can use a really good starter pitcher or a really good relief pitcher. I think people look at the intraday market differently and this is what happened.
  • Jed Hoyer reiterated how bad he felt about Contreras and Ian Hap dealing with cameras in their faces the entire time as everyone focused on their departure. But he also reiterated that he told them they would not be trading for pennies on the dollar. “They knew it.” He also said that “commercial market coverage” from the media “contributed emotionally” to how difficult Happ and Contreras’ presentation was. Which, I love you, is good, but Gee…I wonder why we thought you’d trade all our remaining favorite players.
  • Is the contract extension possible with both men or with one of them? And how does it affect the big picture plan for rebuilding: Of course this is possible. Nothing has changed about the way we’re going to talk about these things publicly. We will not talk about it. Hopefully that doesn’t become 60 days of asking about the state of this stuff. I have a good relationship with (their agents). But we will not talk about where things are in terms of extension. In terms of the future, we definitely have it with Ian for next year. With Wilson is a free agent and this process must be done.
  • For me, the most important and most important thing is to build something really special, to build something that can go deep in October and win championships. And I don’t want to think that building something you wish was respectful or maybe creep into wild card mode isn’t what surprises me from my bed in the morning. When I look back at my career and the memories I have – all the really great memories are the teams that won the tournament or had a chance to win the tournament. This is what I want to build here. So we will work hard to do that. Sometimes we will take steps to align it in the future. This is the goal. Nothing has changed in that regard… We’re not trying to build something that he can sneak into. This is not the goal.
  • Judging the international draft and eligible bid has an impact. I’ve kind of given a floor with this value. You know that if you can’t come to an agreement and Wilson extends, you know you have the qualified offer and you know you have the draft pick that comes with that. Certainly this is part of calculus. It would be crazy not to take that into account while talking to different teams. The decision to keep the players, their value to the Cubs, as players as people, far exceeded what we were offered. It really is that simple.
  • Hoyer says he called the angels and citizens of both Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto: “Obviously you have to check in, but I think now, effectively in 2023, it just didn’t make sense to take part in the Juan Soto lottery.” You have a real structure, a real foundation built in to conduct this kind of transaction. I think with the Padres, they think this is their window and they are fully prepared to win the world championship now with him. And they paid a really big price to do so, to have one of the best hitters we’ll ever see. We are not currently in a position as an organization to do so. Now, would we have been enjoying this kind of thing in 2016, 2017 or 2018? …. Am I looking to feel differently sometime in the next few years? …. But right now certainly wasn’t the right time.
  • On the trading of Scott Efros Do you guys feel that the promotion lab can produce more players like him, and that’s why it’s easy to trade? Yes Yes. I don’t want to… Scott worked hard. It is a wonderful story of perseverance. We actually talked about it a lot on the phone for a long time when we traded. His career, his career path is very impressive‚Ķ. He deserves a lot of credit… But, yeah, I feel the ad serving infrastructure is in a great place. We believe we can produce promotion. And for us, it was just calculus, you know, now Scott Evros is the attenuator for high leverage. The value of that on the deadline is very high for teams trying to play deep in October. And now we won’t play in October this year. So for us to have the opportunity to start showing ads, we’ve been really coveting for a long time, and it’s very close to the big leagues, and that made a lot of sense… It just felt like the right step for the future of the organization.
  • Will we see Brennen Davis or Miguel Amaya in Chicago before the end of the season? Probably not, honestly. I think with Miguel Amaya, he’d hit hard in Tennessee, but he wouldn’t be ready defensively to do that. [because of the Tommy John recovery process]. So I guess we’re not likely to do that, because he can’t catch him. With Brennen, it was a strange year for him. There was good news and bad news throughout the year due to his injury. The good news is that the surgery he had was not on his discs, so we really expect a full recovery from him. We need to get him back and bring him back to the hits he lost in the minor leagues and then hopefully we can see what he can do this fall to make sure he doesn’t stop in his development by not showing enough. . The future is really bright for both players, and I think it’s exciting for me that a lot of good things have happened in the farm system this year, and two of our best prospects, Amaya and Brennen, have been hurt, and even so we’re still seeing some good developments. The future is bright for these guys, but I think we’re not likely to see them in Chicago this year.

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