Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs sign Joc Pederson with newfound payroll flexibility

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Podcast: Cubs sign Joc Pederson with new payroll flexibility originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs finally made a significant offseason addition by signing outfielder Joc Pederson. According to David Kaplan, the Ricketts family expanded the Cubs' 2021 budget enough for Jed Hoyer to make the move. They're also looking to bring in more pitching and are scouting Jake Arrieta and Jeff Samardzija.

Are the Cubs officially announcing they are going for the division? Can they win the division with their current roster? Kaplan, Maddie Lee, Tim Stebbins and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the signing and what it does for the Cubs, and which free agent pitcher the Cubs should sign.

(1:40) - Is Joc Pederson an upgrade over Kyle Schwarber?

(5:34) - Did the Cubs get another Schwarber in Pederson?

(10:10) - Jed Hoyer has scouts looking at Jake Arrieta, Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Rodón.

(14:20) - Should the Cubs sign more than one of the pitchers they're looking at?

(18:05) - Is Arrieta healthy enough to be a starter still?

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