After leaving the winter meetings Jed Hoyer said, " "There's a long way to go until we get to Mesa." The question is how long?
The Cubs have been active tis offseason. They haven't added any all star names like Boston did recently with Napoli, but they are trying to plug in some holes.
One of the biggest holes that the Cubs had this last season was with pitching. That has been on the minds of Espstein, Hoyer and Sveum. The Cubs have added two potential starters in Scott Baker from the Twins and Scott Feldman from the Rangers. I put a big emphasis on the word potential. Neither of these pitchers have outstanding resumes. They both have their struggles, but they may be a solid 4 or 5 pitcher in the rotation. We'll have to see how they play out.
The Cubs also went out of country to find a player from Japan. Most of the Japanese players that have come over have been big name starters or position players. The Cubs went after a reliever. Kyuji Fujikawa was a closer for the Hanshin Tigers. He will not initially be used as a closer for the Cubs. Sveum has assured us that Marmol is still the closer. It's hard to imagine Marmol keeping his position if he struggles like he's been known to do with a solid man waiting to take his place. It's also hard to believe that the Cubs went to Japan simply to get a $9 million set up man.
The Cubs also seem to be close to a deal with outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who seems to be a mediocre player. Just like many of the other deals the Cubs have done this seems to be a cheap pickup with potential.
The Cubs walked out of the winter meetings having made only one real deal. They resigned Stewart for one year. Stewart showed some performance last year at times. He wasn't always a sure thing and he spent some time on the DL, but it could be a good affordable pickup.
The problem is that potential doesn't win games, actual performance does. It appears that most of the Cubs dealings aren't built on actual performance. It's possible that they are trying to temporarily fill some holes why some younger talent develops but that has yet to be seen.
As Hoyer said, there's a long way to go and there's most definitely time to make some big moves. Hopefully this is just a glimpse of some better moves to come.
Go Cubs Go!!!