(CBS) In early April, the Cubs’ brass came under fire after Sun-Times Cubs reporter Gordon Wittenmyer told The Mully and Hanley Show he thought Theo Epstein and Co. were going about their rebuilding process all wrong.
Wittenmyer argued the Cubs were stockpiling money by not going after big-name free agents, while still raising ticket prices at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were rebuilding on the cheap, Wittenmyer said, and the fans we’re being duped.
“I’m certainly not advocating throwing money at every free agent that comes along every year,” Wittenmyer said. “We’ve seen colossal failures in that philosophy across the league. … They’re pocketing a lot of money for instance on the rebuild process.
“This is the first time in the history of 30 years of free agency, 30-plus years, where a major-market team has intentionally gone into seasons rebuilding with youth and on the cheap. They’re not doing it (by) scaling back ticket prices to any degree that matters – they’re still the third-highest prices in the game. I don’t know what they’re saying they’re selling, but it’s not competitive baseball. They’re selling Theo, they’re selling hope.”