(WSCR) Though signing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols may seem counter productive to the plan laid out by new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, one MLB expert said it makes sense.

“It fits what they’re doing overall,” Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports told The Mully and Hanley Show. “It would seem to run counter to the idea of rebuilding, signing a major free agent, but, actually, it does fit in with what some of the other things in the game. It makes sense to do this and rebuild.”

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Rosenthal first reported the Cubs’ interest in Fielder and Pujols, though the level of that interest is unknown.

With the new rules of the collective bargaining agreement, Epstein and Co. won’t be able to spend money in the draft like they had planned to do, which makes signing a big-name free agent all the more possible.

“They’re not going to be able to spend on the draft like they had planned,” Rosenthal said. “It’s as simple as that, because of the CBA. I don’t get into people’s motivations and thinking during this time of year. It’s really hard to read minds, but it stood to reason from the beginning that they were going to play on one of these guys, as they are. The reason for that is because after this year, the next two free-agent classes, you’re not buying a Prince Fielder or an Albert Pujols. They’re not there.”


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