Jed Hoyer: Cubs were too ‘stubborn’ with former core

Hoyer: Cubs were too "stubborn" since the former core originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The end of an era came quickly for the Cubs last summer when they blew up their championship core in a series of July deadline trades.
But, in hindsight, should they have done something sooner to shake things up?
"Thinking about whether we would have taken some of those steps earlier?" Cubs President Jed Hoyer said on ESPN 1000's "Kap and J Hood" on Wednesday.
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"Yeah, I think we probably should have."
The Cubs have said versions of this in recent years; Theo Epstein spoke after the 2019 season about shaking up the core after the Cubs missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
They only started shaking things up after the shortened 2020 season when Hoyer didn't write out Kyle Schwarber in a pandemic cost-cutting move.
The trades of Kris Bryant, Javy Báez and Anthony Rizzo followed last summer, just months before they were due to become free agents.
Now the Cubs are rebuilding for the second time in a decade.
"We were too stubborn with this group, I think I would put it that way," Hoyer said. “We saw what they did at 22, 23 years old. We believed we would return to this point with the same group.
"We really appreciated what they've done for this city and we wanted to do this with them.
"We didn't do it. There's no other way to put it. We couldn't recreate that with this group who were really talented, incredibly talented."
Sticking to the core is one thing. The Cubs' player development continued to stagnate in the years after 2016, and they had to build their rotation and bullpen back by freelance, an expensive endeavor that put them up against the luxury tax.
"Going back and kind of playing that thing backwards," Hoyer said, "I think we should've probably done at that moment after 18, yeah, we probably should have done something like what you described and reset things, changed the mix." must.
"But we haven't. I can't go back in time and change that, but I can certainly learn from it."
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