The Cubs are not likely to make any moves to address the position of bullpen depth, the club’s GM Joe Maddon said Friday, though there is a chance the team could acquire one or more bullpen pieces.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer reiterated that stance in a phone interview with ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The Cubs have the most bullpen depth in the major leagues.
They have some of the best depth in all of baseball and are in a position to add some quality bullpen arms, Hoyer said.
“We’re not going to be making any moves on that front,” Hoyer told Olney in the interview that will air Friday on ESPN.
“It’s a real position.
There’s no tradeable position for us.
There are not any position that we’re looking at right now.”
There’s a possibility that the Cubs could acquire some bullpen arms in the trade market this winter, Hobert said, but that would come after the team finishes the season and has to make decisions on other matters.
The club has the fifth-most wins in the majors this season and the best record in baseball.
There is no clear answer as to when the Cubs might be able to add another arm to the bullpen.
Hoberts comments come as a major question mark surrounding the team’s bullpen depth and could hurt the club at the trade deadline.
The team was expected to make a major announcement about the future of its bullpen this week.
Hoyer would not comment on the speculation surrounding his bullpen depth or when the team might be ready to make moves, and instead declined to say anything specific about the trade talks.
He said the club would only make decisions that are in the best interest of the team and its fans.
Cubs GM Joe Bastardi reiterated the club is in no rush to move any players.
“I think this team has always been about winning and about being a good team,” Bastardi said.
He did not mention any possible trade targets.
The Chicago Cubs will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night in their first game since the All-Star break.
The Dodgers are expected to add an outfielder and a shortstop to their roster, but Bastardi did not offer any specific comments on the trade situation.