Ricketts said Cubs' payroll flexible

CHICAGO -- Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said Monday morning during a radio interview that although the Cubs' payroll is the highest in the National League at $144 million, he believes there would be some wiggle room for general manager Jim Hendry if a player were needed to fill an important role or injury dictated replacing a player.

Ultimately, Ricketts said during an interview on WSCR-AM (670) that although the Cubs have plenty of resources to pay for players, the farm system will be depended upon in the future as the main feeder system for the major league club.

Ricketts pointed to the Cubs' last four No. 1 draft picks being on track for the major leagues.

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