Epstein on Cardinals acquiring All-Star Paul Goldschmidt
|Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:48 AM- -|
The Chicago Cubs have made a few moves this offseason but haven't made any major blockbuster acquisitions like their rival Cardinals did this week in acquiring All-Star slugger Paul Goldschmidt.
Last offseason, the Brewers obtained Christian Yelich in a trade from the Marlins and the rest is history as they won the National League Central division over the Cubs. Two years in a row, franchise-type impactful players have moved into the division to compete with the Cubs' core of talented players.
Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein spoke about the tough National League Central division with the improving Cardinals.
"It was a great division before that trade and even better now," Theo Epstein said Thursday to the media. "To be expected. I said the same exact thing last year I believe. The Cardinals do a great job of producing young talent and have a lot of depth with young players. Not having made the playoffs three years in a row and having that depth of young talent, we expected them to make another consolidation-type move for a great player and they certainly got a truly elite player in Paul Goldschmidt."
Epstein knows that the Brewers and the Cardinals are going to make the 2019 season a dogfight for the divisional crown.
"It just reinforces that the NL Central is to be earned. We have our work cut out for us and that's how it should be."
Theo Epstein recognizes that the rival Cardinals added an elite player. pic.twitter.com/7lUhD3qAr1— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) December 7, 2018