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The General Manager Meetings are over, and free agency officially began on Thursday. And with that, the most important offseason for the Cubs in years is finally underway. At his end-of-season presser last month, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer discussed his desire to build on some of the successes the Cubs had at the end of the season. But to do that, the entire front office needs to attack this winter head on. From the rotation to the middle infield to the Rule 5 Draft, there’s still uncertainty regarding what this offseason will look like for the Cubs. For fans who don’t want to endure another year of losing, there are still plenty of problems that need solutions. But…

During his end-of-season press conference a month ago, Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer wasn’t shy about acknowledging that there were still question marks around the roster that the most recent 162-game season didn’t answer. “I want to build on the momentum that we created at the end of the year, but I know that we have some holes to fill, and we’ll be aggressive to try to fill those holes in the best way possible,” Hoyer said. “I think we can definitely compete next year, and we also want to create something lasting and special. We’re always going to have to keep those two things in mind, but I do believe that a successful offseason does involve filling…

Entering Friday, Matt Mervis had already been amongst the top performers in the Arizona Fall League. He’d hit a tied-for-league-best five homers. He’d struck out just five times in 51 at-bats, the lowest total of anyone with at least 25 at-bats in Arizona. He’d posted a .608 slugging percentage (ninth) and a .929 OPS (12th). That led to him being named to both Saturday’s AFL Home Run Derby and Sunday’s “Fall Stars” game. So, after those honors came rolling in this week, what did Mervis do on the first pitch he saw from Peoria Javelinas lefty Lucas Knowles? Take a look: https://twitter.com/MLBazFallLeague/status/1588623778527215617?s=20&t=yhEy-D1Me3FC8ko3IJSv1w That long ball gave Mervis sole possession of first place on the AFL’s home run leaderboard, and it…

With the World Series set to begin Friday, the Cubs may be just days away from their offseason truly getting underway. As many holes as the Cubs have to fill this winter, at the top of the priority list is going to be starting pitching. Yes, the rotation was exceptional in the second half to the tune of a 2.89 ERA (the third-highest across the majors). But the first half saw them deal with injuries and inconsistency from their starters that the depth they had couldn’t withstand, and the Cubs understand no team can ever have enough starting pitching in their system. “We’re actively looking for quality innings, pitchers we feel like we can work with and potentially make better,”…

From July 6 through the end of the 2022 season, 11 different pitchers started at least one game for the Cubs. Missing from that group was Kyle Hendricks, who the Cubs had hoped would round back into form after a down year in 2021, but who instead battled injury and ineffectiveness and didn't pitch once in the second half of the season.

The Cubs are planning on a healthy Hendricks being back in the rotation come next season, but it remains to be seen whether they can truly count on that in 2023.

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Jed Hoyer has heard the comparisons, and he gets it. After seeing what the Cubs did in the second half of the 2022 season, posting a 39-31 record in the second half, there’s growing optimism that this team is somewhat in a similar position heading into the offseason that it was at the end of 2014. Like that year’s club,...

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This post was unlocked for everyone! But to read all of our written coverage, become a CHGO Family member today! Members get access to all of our premium written content for each Chicago team and annual members get their choice of a free t-shirt! Over this past weekend, Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer spent time watching playoff baseball with his sons. The Cubs missed the postseason for the second year in a row, the first time the club has failed to play past the end of the regular season in back-to-back years since 2013-14. So, while he watched other teams play on TV, he couldn’t help but realize how much he really wishes it was the Cubs on the…

The Chicago Cubs season has come to a close. Monday afternoon, Jed Hoyer addressed the media and touched on topics including his hunger to return to postseason play, second-half momentum, comparisons to the 2014 team, and where the team goes from here. Join Luke Stuckmeyer, Ryan Herrera and Cody Delmendo as they discuss the main points from the season-ending press conference on the CHGO Cubs Live Show. YouTube Replay Show https://youtu.be/ZReSfgGT6XY Subscribe to the Show Follow The Hosts

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