The Cubs have the second worst record in baseball at 57-87 and were officially eliminated from playoff contention earlier this week. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein spoke to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago about a number of topics, including what the future holds for his team as they rebuild.
"I think obviously we really care about our fans and we want them to have a great experience, but we're trying to be transparent about it," he said. "We have a plan and we have a vision and it won't happen overnight, but given the way of things I think this is the best way to go."
"There might be some tough things we have to tell (fans) along the way, and there might be another trading deadline in our future where we trade away 40 percent of a really good rotation," Epstein added. "Again, our goal from the beginning was that we were going to do what we need to do to put ourselves in position to be a contending team year in and year out. So that means no shortcuts and taking a long approach."
Epstein went on to praise manager Dale Sveum, acknowledging that he is being evaluated more on his ability to help their young players develop than the club's win-loss record.
As our Transaction Tracker shows, the Cubs have traded away Sean Marshall, Carlos Zambrano, Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto, Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm, and Ryan Dempster since the Epstein and Jed Hoyer regime took over last offseason. Matt Garza likely would have been dealt as well had he not suffered an arm injury. He and players like Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus, Bryan LaHair, and Carlos Marmol could be next to go as the team continues its rebuilding effort.