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Jed Hoyer: Cubs Will Build ‘Playoff Team’, Not ‘World Series Winner’

The Cubs will spend this winter per Jed Hoyer, but they’re not going to go out and win the offseason. But, the team will still be postseason capable.

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On Wednesday, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer joined 670 The Score to discuss the offseason. While on the radio this morning, Hoyer mentioned the Cubs’ offseason approach ahead of the 2022 season.

Based on this statement, it feels like Jed Hoyer’s approach to the winter has not changed since the end of the season. Fans may recall that Hoyer expressed not needing to win the offseason, but rather putting together a solid team with good players. A perfect example, which Hoyer referenced at the end of the season, is the San Francisco Giants, who captured the NL West crown over the aforementioned Dodgers.

Don’t Need to Win the Offseason

Ultimately, it feels like Hoyer is looking to add a few pieces. One or two of those pieces may be substantial names, such as Nick Castellanos, Kris Bryant, or Marcus Stroman. However, most of the additions this offseason will be mid-level players who can make a difference without breaking the bank. The Wade Miley addition is a perfect example of the style of player the Cubs are targeting this winter.

In addition, Hoyer saw what the Braves did entering the season, and the run they went on in the playoffs. Yes, the Braves had a lot of pieces such as Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr. (although he was hurt), and Ozzie Albies. However, Atlanta added guys like Adam Duvall, Joc Pederson, and 2021 World Series MVP Jorge Soler at the deadline in order to make a run. They weren’t the best team on paper entering the postseason, but they were hot at the right time and won it all.

Unfortunately for some Cubs fans, Jed Hoyer isn’t looking to win the offseason. However, he is looking to put together a solid team that is still capable of making the playoffs and competing for the postseason. They won’t be a World Series juggernaut right away, but the Cubs are setting themselves up for their prospects to come up and blend with some of these additions to create the next great Cubs team.

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