Cubs on offseason moves: "Pitching is priority number one"
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The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908 and Cubs wonder if there is a good chance to repeat as champions in 2017.
Jed Hoyer knows that pitching will always be something that you need to always look at.
“Pitching is priority number one and will be for a long while,” Hoyer said at the GM meetings. “We have the position player group. I believe the fans will see these same players for a long time on the position-playing side. Our job now is to balance that out.”
The Cubs are hoping to find some diamonds in the rough like Jake Arrieta and hope some of the young guys mature such as Kyle Hendricks.
“On the way to winning, you can take some really nice chances,” Hoyer said. “You can give a guy like Arrieta an opportunity to progress. You can do some experiments to give young guys opportunities. Once teams win, there seems to be a tendency for teams not to take risks. There is a danger in that type of thinking. The minute you stop developing an Arrieta or a Hendricks, I think you are in trouble.”