As the general manager meetings of 2012 begin to heat up, the Chicago Cubs are ready to make some moves to improve upon their 101 loss season. Entering the second year of the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer regime, the team is blessed with some space in their payroll which should allow them to be contenders in several free agent bids.
While the big names like Josh Hamilton may not be in the plans, Epstein and Hoyer are looking to add now.
"I think it will be a faster market this year," Hoyer said. "We have (payroll) flexibility to add players."
When asked what kind of players the Cubs are looking to add this offseason, Hoyer left no doubt as to what Chicago will be targeting.
"Pitching, pitching, pitching," Hoyer sad.
In the recent weeks the team has been linked some of the high profile pitchers of the free agency period, inlcuding Shaun Marcum and Brandon McCarthy. After a relatively tame winter in 2012, signing mid-level pitchers like Paul Maholm to short-term, low cost deals, the Cubs might be looking to make more of a splash as they hope to recover from only the third 100-loss season in team history. Still, Marcum and McCarthy will be drawing a lot of interest across the league, so the Cubs may need to overpay if they hope to get them. It has been reported that both pitchers will be looking for short deals.
With the limited pitchers in free agency this year, their value will be higher than they are probably worth.
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