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Epstein laments Jackson deal, but still looking to improve Cubs
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has stated that he won't be satisfied adding one starting pitcher to the rotation in the offseason.

"We need impact starting pitching," he told CSNChicago.com. "If you can add a top-of-the-rotation starter to what we have with (Jake) Arrieta, et al, it becomes really, really interesting in a hurry. We also could use just another quality, stable arm to go with it. So in an ideal world, we'll add two starting pitchers."

Epstein admitted he made a mistake in his disastrous signing of Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal, which will pale in comparison to the money destined for potential free agents Jon Lester and Max Scherzer this winter. Jackson is 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA in two years with the Cubs, who are on the hook for two more seasons. But Epstein realizes that he must return to the free agent market to sufficiently improve his staff.

"I'm very confident that we'll add impact pitching from outside the organization," he said. "It has a chance to happen this winter. But we're not going to make any guarantees."

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Report: Cubs have big bucks available for free agency
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Cubs are prepared to go on an offseason spending spree, according to the Boston Herald. They have cleared $41 million from last season's payroll and saved money after failing to sign right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who opted for the Yankees.

That could result in a strong run at such premier free agent pitchers as Jon Lester, Max Scherzer or James Shields. Another possibility would be landing southpaw Cole Hamels in a trade.

Cubs president Theo Epstien, who explained that a potentially lucrative television deal by the end of this year could add money to the coffers, spoke about the new approach.

"Knowing the money will be there changes the lens in which you view every transaction," he said. "If you know there's an elite payroll coming, even if it doesn't come today, it puts you in an aggressive posture. You can take high-salaried players in trades from other organizations."

The Cubs would like to supplement a wealth of young talent, especially among their position players, with high-level pitchers.

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Cubs hire John Mallee as hitting coach
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Cubs announced Thursday they hired John Mallee as the new hitting coach. The 45-year-old Mallee begins his fifth season as a MLB hitting coach after previously serving in that role with the Marlins (2010-11) and Astros (2013-14).

The team also announced Doug Dascenzo has joined the staff as a first base/outfield coach, and Eric Hinske will shift from first base/outfield coach to assistant hitting coach. Dascenzo served as the Braves' third-base coach in 2014.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGStarlin Castro , SS.292
HRAnthony Rizzo , 1B32
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B78
OBPAnthony Rizzo , 1B.386
SLGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.527
RAnthony Rizzo , 1B89
SBArismendy Alcantara , CF8
WJake Arrieta , SP10
ERATravis Wood , SP5.03
WHIPTravis Wood , SP1.53
KJake Arrieta , SP167
SVHector Rondon , RP29
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