"I thought he had an incredible season both on the field and in the clubhouse," president Theo Epstein said Thursday. The reality, though, is that Soriano won't be around by the time the Cubs turn into a consistent winner like Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are projecting. I think if teams pursue him in a trade we will consider it and see if it makes our future better and makes us a better organization going forward. "Having not been here previously, I think there was a real improvement in the culture around the team and the mood around the clubhouse," Epstein said Thursday at Wrigley Field. "Despite being a losing club and we can't get away from that, we were a losing club there was a real professionalism, a real spirit of unity, a real effort to play hard every day, to have each other's back, to prepare. "We had our lapses," he said.
The 2012 season was obviously a disappointment in terms of the final record, but Theo Epstein said he was encouraged by how the Cubs established a better culture, as well as some of the team's additions.