Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer joined David Kaplan on WGN Radio Friday night to discuss a wide range of topics -- you can listen to the whole interview here -- but chief among them was the team's move to deal starter Scott Feldman to Baltimore earlier in the week.
The move helped Hoyer and the Cubs' goal of "flooding the system with talent," as it added money to the organization's international bonus pool as well as former top prospect Jake Arrieta. So while it was a positive in that aspect, from Hoyer's big picture view, it was more of a negative.
"It’s hard, because frankly I hope soon enough we can get past having to trade players misdeason," Hoyer said. "I don't think you ever feel good making a phone call to a guy like Scott Feldman and telling him he’s been traded.
"We’re just not in a position right now to not cash in that talent and trade him to a team that’s contending. We’re not right now. I don’t think you ever feel good about that, but our goal has been to flood our system with as much talent as possible, we have been clear about that. The only way to do that is to be aggressive."
The Cubs will continue building that pool of talent in the minors this month, with a handful of players on the trading block headlined by starter Matt Garza. The return for those players will add to a crop of prospects that includes blue-chip position players like Javier Baez (who was promoted to Double-A Tennessee on Friday), Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and, when he's signed -- something Hoyer expects to happen -- 2013 first-round pick Kris Bryant.
"Obviously everyone loves to win the 2-1 games, but I also think when fans come to the ballpark, having a team that can really hit, really drive in runs and score a lot on any given day, hopefully that’s the kind of team that we’re developing," Hoyer said. "So I think that’s an area we feel really good about. I wish those guys were a little bit closer -- we can’t really speed up the clock -- but at the same time I think it’s a really good wave of young hitting talent."