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Theo Epstein: free agents totally want to come to a 100-loss team

Dec 5, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago Reuters

Patrick Mooney of spoke with Cubs president Theo Epstein. And you can’t say Theo isn’t optimistic about the Cubs’ ability to attract free agents:

“Elite baseball players are really competitive and I think they like the thought of being part of the solution here. Being a member of the team that finally wins a World Series for the Cubs is really appealing. I’ve had a number of players tell me that directly. We have not had to sell our situation much at all.”

“Except for the money,” Theo added in my mind. “We’ve REALLY had to sell them with gobs of money so they won’t do what almost every other athlete does and try to go to the place where they’re likely to win a championship.”

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Show them the money Theo and they will come.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Besides, like others have said, any team can have a bad century.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    The last decade of research from Baltimore says you’re wrong.

  3. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    You need a new stadium. Get over it.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      One of the few things that all atheists and every religion in the world agree on is that it is a grievous sin to suggest replacing either Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. Repent now!

  4. 78mu - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Sometimes it takes time to weed out all the bad players on the roster and the dunces in the executive suites so that a team can have everyone on the same page working for the same goal.

    Sure, 104 years may seem extreme but hey, these are the Cubs. If they ever win a WS, everyone on that team including the towel boys and the guy that sweeps up the trash around Harry’s statue will be set for life. If a free agent thinks Theo is on the right path it shouldn’t be too hard to woo them.

  5. prosourcetalk - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Cubs will never win a WS unless they are able to stop having to play so many day games.

  6. verlandersrightarm - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Just look at the Tigers after the ’04 season when we got Pudge and Maggilo. Throw enough money at them and they will come.

  7. legacybroken - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    The Tigers back then are a good example of why it pays to be patient with front offices during a full rebuild. DD was GM during the 119 loss season but it was because he was having to slowly but surely fix the team after the Randy Smith debacle.

  8. somekat - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    “and try to go to the place where they’re likely to win a championship”

    That may be the worst thing I’ve ever seen a GM say. At least say “more likely”, or “a place they feel”. Why would any top FA want to go to a team where the GM flat out says they aren’t likely to win. At least that’s the impression I got from the quote

  9. materialman80 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Theo what are you smoking? Nobody, NOBODY wants to play for the Cubs.

  10. dexterismyhero - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    “What year is it”….Andre Dawson…

  11. tashkalucy - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    This guy is starting to sound like Shapiro and Antonetti.

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