Theo Epstein explains Cubs’ trade deadline strategy

first_img“There’s a lot of conversation, but prices are normally high at this point in the month,” Epstein said. “They get a little bit more realistic later. That’s kind of the mode everyone’s in right now.”The Cubs made a minor move earlier this week when they acquired backup catcher Martin Maldonado from the Royals in exchange for Mike Montgomery. They then placed Willson Contreras on the IL, although his injury is not considered serious. The Cubs are looking for ways to improve their roster before the July 31 trade deadline. But, they might not be willing to move their top prospects to make a major upgrade, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said this week.“We’re not at July 31 yet,” Epstein told The Athletic. “But I think we have multiple priorities this year. We want to win now, but we also want to rebuild the system, so it would take a special deal to sacrifice the very top of the farm system. Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher placed on IL as ‘precautionary’ move “The more good players you have playing well, the better you’re playing as a team, the more you can kind of focus on certain specific needs,” Epstein said. “That’s certainly what we’re doing. We’re always trying to look for any area to upgrade that’s realistic while keeping the bigger picture in mind, too.”The Cubs entered play Thursday in first place of the National League Central with a 51-44 record. They lead the Brewers and Cardinals by 2 1/2 games. “We feel really good about those guys. But I also think we have burgeoning depth in a lot of areas and some interesting upper-level guys and really high-ceiling lower-level guys, so I feel like it’s overall been a pretty good year for the system if you sort of look in the right places.”Chicago wants to add a leadoff hitter and a reliever, according to an earlier report from 670 The Score. Ben Zobrist, who typically occupied the top spot in the Cubs’ lineup in previous seasons, has been on the restricted list since early May. Related News MLB trade rumors: Cubs looking to add leadoff hitter, reliever before deadline MLB trade rumors: Royals focused on moving Billy Hamilton, Ian Kennedy, other veteranslast_img

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