Baseball's new reality has Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein rethinking how he'll move forward with transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Right now, it's hard enough to predict what tomorrow or next week will look like," Epstein said, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. "It's a fool's errand, I think, to try to predict what next year would look like, or the next five years. That's just the reality of the world we're in."
He added: "We're at such a critical juncture that, as we sit here today on July 10, 2020, the currency of the game truly is health and safety. And soon we'll incorporate wins and losses as a secondary consideration and secondary form of currency."
Epstein's comments come just days after star third baseman Kris Bryant expressed hope of signing a long-term extension with the Cubs. But Bryant also voiced concern about his immediate future with the team due to the global health situation.
"I would like to think that I wouldn't be shipped out in the middle of a pandemic," Bryant said Wednesday.
In responding to Bryant's comments, Epstein acknowledged that it's difficult to discuss or even ponder personnel moves such as trades or extensions right now.
"Honestly, I appreciate Kris' comments," Epstein said. "I know he loves being here and he knows that we love having him as part of the organization."
He continued: "But, dollars and cents, to delve too deeply into that and discuss contractual situations, it gets to a point where it's just - if you talk too much about it, it becomes inappropriate given the realities of everything going on in the world and where our focus truly is right now. There will be a time to discuss those things later, but I personally don't feel comfortable talking about that right now."