General manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that the Cubs merely traded short-term assets for long-term assets to help create their rebuilding program over the last four seasons, and Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected any suggestion that teams would tank a season for the sake of getting a higher draft pick.
"I believe our clubs are smarter than to pursue a strategy that is inherently self-limiting, particularly if they think other clubs are doing it," Manfred said during a news conference. "I'm not convinced this is a problem that needs an answer."
Hoyer scoffed at the perception of tanking.
"That label does an...