The Chicago Cubs are reportedly telling teams that they will listen to trade offers on everyone this winter, according to a tweet from Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The Cubs, who recently underwent a front-office overhaul, are looking to rebuild the franchise from the ground-up after acquiring former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. Epstein is credited with putting together the team that helped Boston end their 86-year World Series drought, and Chicago is hoping that his presence will help end their own 103-year stretch without a title.
Despite having the sixth highest payroll among Major League Baseball teams in 2011, the Cubs finished with a 71-91 record, which was tied with the Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres for the fifth worst in baseball. The Cubs last made the playoffs in 2008 when they posted a 97-64 record, however, they ultimately were eliminated in the Divisional Series in three games.
Epstein was named the Cubs president of baseball operations on Oct. 25. Among his first moves have been to hire the San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer, and fire first-year manager Mike Quade.