Cubs: Free agents see past losses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While last season’s 101 losses certainly aren’t a selling point, they won’t necessarily keep free agents from deciding to join the Chicago Cubs, according to club president Theo Epstein.

“We’ve been pleased with the expressed desire by players to come play in Chicago,” Epstein said at the end of Day 1 of baseball’s winter meetings. “Dale (Sveum) is making a name for himself as a manager players want to play for. Free agents recognize we had a good clubhouse. Generally free agents believe in the direction we’re going.

“Elite baseball players are real competitive. They like the thought of being part of the solution and being a member of the team that wins a World Series here. I’ve had a number of players tell me that directly.”

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