President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the Chicago Cubs are on the hunt for "quality" pitching in the free agent market, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

Chicago has been rumored to covet Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka this offseason. They would have to pay a big price to acquire him, as the team would first have to win the bidding when he is posted and then sign him to a big contract. The total cost of signing Tanaka could approach $150 million.

If not Tanaka, the best starting pitchers on the free agent market are Matt Garza (who the team traded away midseason), Hiroki Kuroda, A.J. Burnett and Ervin Santana.