Maddon says he's cool if front office opts to stands pat
Managers say the darndest things.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday said he's just fine if the front office doesn't make a deal by Friday's non-waiver trade deadline to bolster the roster for the stretch run.
One look at the state of the Cubs' bullpen makes Maddon's statement not altogether genuine. One look at the result of Tuesday's starter Dallas Beeler, called up from Triple-A Iowa to pitch against the last-place Rockies, makes Maddon's statement seem downright laughable if the Cubs expect to have a chance to catch the San Francisco Giants for the second wild-card spot.
But what's a manager to say?
"If you look at the group we have, the big thing there is to get more out of what we have," Maddon told reporters on Tuesday. "There is more. ... There's a lot left in the tank offensively for us in the next two months. If we can get everybody to play offense to the level we're capable of, there's a lot of offense."
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs are looking at players such as Miguel Montero, Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella, all of whom are on the disabled list but close to returning to reinforce the club's depth if a deal isn't struck.
"We didn't know how much we missed [Chris] Denorfia until he came back [from the DL]," Maddon said. "Offensively, of course, we'd like to have done more to this point, but I know there is more."
(h/t Chicago Sun-Times)