A contingent of Chicago Cubs fans aren’t on board with the Cubs pursuit of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka as the move would appear to stray away from the rebuilding plan that the Cubs front office has implemented for the past three years.
On Friday at the opening ceremonies of the Cubs Convention, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein re-iterated that the font office was not straying away from their plan.
“We’ve been honest since day one,” Epstein said from a ballroom at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. “If there is tension between the immediate present and the sustainable future that we’re building, we’re going to lean towards the future.” -Theo Epstein, ESPN Chicago
Those contingent of Cubs fans that are against a potential Tanaka signing may feel that way because of the fact that the pitcher will likely receiver a contract north of $120 million. While that type of spending would not match anything the Cubs have done in the past three off-seasons, that does not mean that the Cubs are straying away from their rebuild.
Tanaka is 25 years old. Meaning the starting pitcher still has at least 10 years of Major League service in his arm barring injury.
Epstein would not speak on Friday to the nature of the process that Tanaka is going through.
“I’m going to respect the request of confidentiality that’s come from the agent and the player, just let things play out,” Epstein said. -Epstein, ESPN Chicago
There is no question that the addition of Tanaka may accelerate the Cubs rebuild process but that does not mean that the team will rush their prospects to the Major Leagues.
“They’re going to have their time; it’s not quite now,” Epstein said. -Epstein, ESPN Chicago