Baseball agent Scott Boras hasn’t changed his stance since the general manager meetings last month. He still wants the Chicago Cubs to act like a big-market team and spend some money -- presumably on his clients -- though he does understand their game plan.

“It appears as though we’re looking at the all-day sucker so maybe next year,” Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings.

He quickly explained himself.

“It (a lollipop) takes a long time to dissolve,” Boras said. “The idea is it's going to take some time for them to reach the resolve to say they are going to compete on all fronts.”

In other words, the Cubs' rebuilding process is moving very slowly and isn’t at the point of spending it would take to bring Boras’ free-agent client Shin-Soo Choo to Chicago, for example.

“It’s not the first time an agent has used the media to try and compel a team into spending huge amounts of money without knowledge of that club’s financial situation,” Cubs president Theo Epstein responded. “We’re not going to get into a war of words with Scott other than to say the folks who work at the Cubs probably have a better understanding of the situation than he does.”

For the record, Epstein and Boras have a very good relationship. Top prospects Kris Bryant and Albert Almora are both Boras clients and Epstein has every intention of signing others -- just not right now.