The winter meetings have concluded, and the Cubs made little news which was to be expected. Many times the groundwork is laid for deals at the meetings, but don’t come to fruition till weeks later. This could still be the case for the Cubs, as players were rumored in several deals, mostly Jeff Samardzija.
Today the Cubs made a small move dealing Brian Bogusevic to Miami for Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs outfield has some depth, and Hoyer pointed to this move as a swap for a veteran right-handed bat to platoon vs lefties. This was just another instance of the Cubs front office “stockpiling” players to make moves with them later.
Not much was expected from the organization this winter, as the Cubs are still square in the rebuilding process. The biggest changes of personnel were clearly the coaching staff as Rick Renteria was hired as the new manager. The pitching staff side stayed in tact as Chris Bosio and Lester Strode were retained. A smart move considering how surprisingly well the Cubs staff did after a slow start. Former Cubs Bill Mueller and Mike Brumley were brought in as hitting coach and assistant hitting coach, respectively.
So with minor player changes being made, will the Cubs improve in 2014? Or will it be more of the same? Can a change in leadership be enough to vault the Cubs forward?
While the winter meetings have ended, there is still much off-season to be had. With each passing day there is a new suitor for Samardzija, so there will be much to talk about over the next few months. What it leads to in the spring is anyone’s guess. But one thing is true, the Cubs are not yet done making changes.