Hoyer: Lack of ability to increase stars prime frustration


CHICAGO — Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer says his ‘best supply of frustration’ was the group’s incapability to signal any of their stars to long run contracts earlier than buying and selling them final Friday.

Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez had been the discuss of the baseball world final week as all three had been moved inside a span of 24 hours earlier than MLB’s commerce deadline. After years of conversations with the trio — trying to signal them to long run contracts — Hoyer lastly gave up and moved on.

“That may most likely be my best supply of frustration from this period,” Hoyer mentioned on ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago Monday morning. “I put my head on the pillow each evening realizing we put our greatest foot ahead. The extensions we supplied these guys will maintain up exceptionally properly…in opposition to the open market. I do not know why guys did not need to signal. I do not know why guys did not need to even counteroffer, usually occasions.”

There is not a one measurement suits all reply to why every is not a Cub. Baez was negotiating with the group within the spring of 2020 however the pandemic shut these talks down.

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“We counteroffered then the pandemic hit,” Baez’ agent Nick Chanock mentioned Monday.

Hoyer by no means indicated that every one three refused to counteroffer, solely that some did not. After struggling big monetary losses in 2020, the group wasn’t able to spark up talks once more with Baez contemplating he had a horrible season. The Cubs by no means made a suggestion to Baez once more because the commerce deadline approached, in response to sources aware of the state of affairs.

The identical is true of Rizzo and Bryant. In Rizzo’s case, the group made him wait by means of each of his group possibility years in 2019 and 2020 earlier than making him a suggestion this spring to proceed as a Cub previous 2021. It was properly beneath what Rizzo was on the lookout for and talks shut down.

“Each one in all these guys would say they needed to remain in Chicago, ‘we needed to be a Cub,’ however then we’d sit down and do negotiations, that wasn’t how they acted,” Hoyer mentioned.

Bryant’s is essentially the most complicated case of the three. Hoyer mentioned on Friday that he made honest affords to all his stars however the 2015 NL Rookie of the 12 months and 2016 MVP claims he by no means noticed something over $200 million – which was not less than the going fee to lock up a participant of his caliber on a long run deal.

In February, 2020, Bryant was requested a couple of report which acknowledged he turned down a contract value over $200 million.

“Nicely north of $200 million? No,” he mentioned. “The place are these (numbers)? I’ve by no means seen them.”

Hoyer referenced a comparatively fast contract extension completed throughout city with a pitcher, who was acquired by the White Sox within the winter, for instance of group and participant coming collectively to make a deal.

“I see Lance Lynn, who involves Chicago and indicators an extension,” Hoyer mentioned. “He definitely may have gotten extra on the open market this winter however ‘I need to keep right here. I need to be a White Sox.’ Apart from Kyle Hendricks, who I love for rolling up his sleeves with us, we did not have that.”

Hoyer is not second guessing his group’s efforts to signal the gamers. Until any of them ink a take care of their new groups earlier than November, all three will change into free brokers for the primary time of their careers.

“I do know what was supplied,” Hoyer acknowledged. “I do know what the dialogue was. We put our greatest foot ahead. We tried our hardest. These efforts weren’t reciprocated.”

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