Edwin Jackson, Carlos Villanueva, Kyuji Fujikawa, Scott Feldman, Scott Baker
Key offseason departures:
The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. So needless to say its been pretty rough for Cubs fans. Before the 2012 season the Cubs made what could be the best move in the history of their team, they signed Theo Epstein to a five-year deal. I realize that Epstein doesn’t get out there and play the games but he is one of, if not the best front office personnel in any sport. He has started a rebuilding process that was desperately needed in Chicago.
This offseason the Cubs have focused on building their pitching. They signed Edwin Jackson to go along with Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija. They would probably like Scott Feldman and Scott Baker to round out the starting rotation when they are healthy. They also signed Carlos Villanueva who should act as a solid swing man for them. It will be interesting to see who wins the closer role after signing Kyuji Fujikawa. They will more then likely start the season with Carlos Marmol as their closer so he can restore value and they will be able to trade him.
The Cubs have some great young talent lead by Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. After being called up Rizzo hit well in the 87 games he played. He should have a huge year in his first full season in the big leagues. They do have a weakness at the catcher position but there are some decent catchers who will be free agents next offseason.
The Cubs may not win the World Series this year but they will have a better season then last year. They are close to being contenders and with Theo running the show they will break their World Series losing streak in the next few years.
Predicted Finish: 5th NL Central