DENVER – Jed Hoyer, president of the Cubs’ baseball division, was sitting in the visitor shelter at Coors Field Tuesday night, wanting to clarify something about his relationship with Anthony Rizzo.
“There’s no soap opera here,” said Hoyer.
Hoyer explained this immediately after the deadline deals on Friday, but then went one step further in a recent radio interview on “The Kap and J-Hood Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.
“Although it is frustrating,” said Hoyer in the radio interview, “I lay my head on the pillow every evening because I know that we are doing our best, well and against the free market.
“I don’t know why guys didn’t want to sign. I don’t know why guys didn’t even want to make counter-offers often. I don’t know because any of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, ‘We want to be a cub.’ But when we sat down to negotiate, they didn’t act like that. “
Rizzo went on the same radio show Tuesday morning and responded to Hoyer’s remarks by saying he was “kind of confused” as to why the front office chief was going that route. The first baseman compared it to a “bad breakup”.
“I know business is important,” said Rizzo. “And if you want your cake and want to eat it too – so it seemed. … I think it can all speak for itself, that there is a common denominator that no one has signed.”
Prior to the Cubs’ game against the Rockies, Hoyer expressed frustration over his comments, which he believed came from “a good place”. Hoyer said he could have chosen his words better, especially given that Báez, Bryant and Rizzo are such icons for the franchise.
“If I could do it all over again, would I probably have finished this sentence sooner? I think I would,” said Hoyer. “I think the world of all of these guys. Nothing I would ever say would be negative. If anything, it comes from the hope that we can get over the finish line on these deals.”
Hoyer noted that their relationship spanned more than a decade and spanned three organizations, and said he didn’t feel the need to reach out to Rizzo again after the public back and forth.
“No, no,” said Hoyer. “I’ve spoken to him a few times since the deal. Look, I think these things can get a bit of a phone game aspect. I am sure we will talk and write. Everything is good.
“Like I said, you’ve been around for so long to know what our relationship is like. Three organizations and through all of that – we are all good. There are no hard feelings.