As for Jorge’s defense we have challenged him to get a little bit leaner and better. We want him to work on his jumps in right field and that is what he is working on now. I just watched some videos of him training and he looks great. He is down to 225 and is working hard on his quickness and flexibility. He looks fantastic. This guy wants to play. He did not like that when he returned from his injury last year he wasn’t playing every day. We loved the way he worked his way back into the lineup and took Adam Wainwright and Jacob deGrom deep. He is king of effortless in his ability to hit the ball deep into the stands.”
The Cubs have plenty of time to add to the pitching staff and make moves in season with the players they have acquired. Epstein was adamant about building around Soler.
“We are putting our stock into his future,” Epstein emphasized during his interview on “Inside the Clubhouse.” “Barring anything (package that can’t be ignored), he knows to ignore all the trade rumors and take it as a compliment.”
Epstein did allude to adding a defensive specialist in the outfield, but balked at giving up at-bats for Soler or Schwarber on an everyday basis.
“I think an outfield of Schwarber, Heyward and Soler can be one of the best in baseball,” Epstein said if the corner men work hard on improving.