The Chicago Cubs have had a productive offseason, restocking their rotation nicely and strengthening their outfield with two low-risk, potentially high-reward players.
Now less than a month to go until pitchers and catchers report, general manager Jed Hoyer said yesterday that the club unlikely to make any more moves between now and then, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN:
Jed Hoyer just told us "never say never ....but likely this is the team we go to spring training with" Sirius 209 XM 89— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 27, 2013
If this is indeed where the Cubs stop their offseason acquisitions, they have done more than enough already to deem this winter a success.
The club started the winter by filling out their rotation for 2013. First, they signed Scott Baker to a one-year deal, followed by the inking of fellow right-hander Scott Feldman, also on a one-year deal. After a brief hiatus from starting pitching moves to bolster the outfield and bullpen, the Cubs made their biggest move of the winter, signing right-hander Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal.
Not satisfied with upgrading just the rotation, Chicago also added several relievers over the course of the winter. Shawn Camp returned to the club on a one-year deal, Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is set to take on the closer role for the next two years, and Carlos Villanueva should do well as a long-relief/spot starter option.
The Cubs toyed with the idea of acquiring Justin Upton from the D'Backs, but in the end they decided on giving Scott Hairston a two-year, $6 million deal to platoon with David DeJesus and their other new outfield acquisition, Nate Schierholtz, in center and right.
While the Cubbies were not able to unload Alfonso Soriano or Carlos Marmol this winter, the additions they made should -- if nothing else -- prevent the club from repeating the 100 losses they suffered last year.