Jed Hoyer’s brutally honest rant on Cubs’ failure to sign Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez
When the Chicago Cubs lost 11 straight nearing the all-star break, it sent into motion a plan that would revolve around selling at the trade deadline. The unknown was how much they would trade away. They had plenty of star players set to hit free agency at the end of the year and with no contract extensions in sight, they decided to sell off everything.
Anthony Rizzo was traded to the Yankees. Kris Bryant to the Giants and Javy Baez to the Mets. Craig Kimbrel and Ryan Tepara were traded separately to the White Sox while Andrew Chafin went to the Athletics.
On Chicago’s ESPN1000 Monday, the Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer sounded off.
“That will probably be my greatest source of frustration from this era…I put my head on the pillow every night knowing we put our best foot forward. The extensions we offered these guys will hold up exceptionally well…against the open market…I don’t know why guys didn’t want to sign.I don’t know why guys didn’t want to even counteroffer, often times. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, ‘we wanted to be a Cub,’ but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn’t how they acted.”
Hearing Hoyer just light into this is somewhat surprising especially considering Bryant, Rizzo and Baez will all be free agents at the end of the year and theoretically could resign with the Cubs, as unlikely as it seems.
Hoyer and owner Tom Ricketts have taken all the anger from Cubs fans for not resigning their core and now in somewhat of a bold move, Hoyer seems to be deflecting it back on the players. Not a great sign for potential free agents who may consider the Cubs.