Theo addresses the media as Gonzalez is welcomed to Boston
It's pretty clear that the Cubs' current roster is not going to get the job done. Especially their pitching.
The Chicago staff ranked third-to-last in the NL in ERA and converted fewer than two-thirds of their save opportunities.
It's tough to win games that way when your lineup is only average. Top it off with a non-existent run game and a National League worst .978 fielding percentage and it's not hard to see why they finished fifth in the NL Central with 71 wins.
Epstein has had practice in building championship rosters in a high-expectation city. Just this past season he was able to bring Padre superstar Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Throw in other names such as David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre and clearly Epstein knows how to bring in the talent necessary for winning.
Now let's fast-forward to the 2011 winter meetings. Any notable free agents come to mind that may have already been linked to the Cubs in the spring?
Obviously a World Series appearance may convince St. Louis to pay him, but if not, it certainly can't hurt to have Epstein in your corner when trying to sign the game's best player.