There’s been some talk the Cubs’ rising star could be on the trade block, along with Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Given Arrieta’s contract situation -- he hasn’t even hit arbitration yet -- it would be a surprise if the 28-year-old was dealt. It wasn’t a surprise, though, that Hoyer wouldn’t directly answer if Arrieta would be with the Cubs after the July 31 trade deadline.
“It’s been fun to be here and talk to people with the Red Sox, what they thought of that outing because they did see him so much,” Hoyer said of Arrieta’s one-hitter on Monday. “They saw a different guy pounding the strike zone, and the cutter/slider he’s been throwing has been the talk of those guys.”
When Arrieta was with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Cubs last season, he faced the Red Sox six times, going 0-3 with a 5.89 ERA. On Monday he gave up one hit and one walk in 7 2/3 innings pitched. He’s 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA.
“One of the beauties of our situation [is] opportunity,” Hoyer said. “There will be a day in the future where we won’t have that much opportunity to play. But right now we do. He knows he’ll be in the rotation. He can pitch with confidence.”
As for Arrieta being part of any potential trade scenarios, Hoyer had little to offer.
“I’m not going to comment on any other part of it, but I’m glad we have him,” he said.
Olt and Lake
“Yeah, they’re a concern,” Hoyer said. “Both guys provide power. In strategic positions in the game, there are times you have to make contact. That’s an area we’ll have to improve. Strikeouts are part of the game, but ultimately you have to put a ball in play at the right time. We’re high on both guys, but that’s part of their growing pains.”
Before Wednesday’s game with the Red Sox, Olt was 2-for-22 (.091) -- both hits home runs -- with seven strikeouts with men in scoring position and less than two outs. Lake was hitting .100 with 11 strikeouts in the same category.
The Cubs, along with the rest of the baseball world, took notice when a Houston Astros database was hacked, revealing trade details from previous years. Many were deals that weren’t done, just discussed.
“It’s a scary thing that can happen to all 30 teams,” Hoyer said. “I read through Houston’s stuff. I think their stuff was professionally handled. They’re the unlucky one of 30 that had that happen to them.”
Hoyer is referring to the fact that though Houston thought the information would remain private, the notes that were revealed were businesslike and not disparaging to any individuals.
“In the end, they were probably embarrassed that it got out. But I don’t think anyone faults them,” Hoyer said.
The Cubs have increased the security on their computer system since the troubles in Houston were revealed.