Chicago Cubs 2013 Season Preview:
Manager: Dale Sveum
2012 Record: 61-101 (5th in NL Central)
Key Additions: P Carlos Villanueva, C Dioner Navarro, OF Scott Hairston, P Edwin Jackson
Key Losses: P Manny Corpas
2013 Outlook: When Theo Epstein left Boston for Chicago, he knew there was a challenge ahead of him. The Chicago Cubs have the money to sign free agents, but the talent level was nothing like the stars he had in Beantown. The Cubs rebuilding project will not be a quick fix. The team lacks star power.
The pitching staff is, well, bleak. Matt Garza is the clear cut “ace” for Chicago. The probably number two starter Jeff Samardzija would probably be a four or five anywhere else in the league. The additions of Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Jackson will help the Cubs, although both of those moves were probably to give the staff stability over the next few years.
The batting order is not imposing either. Alphonso Soriano is the only real power threat that the Cubs will be able to rely on, and that is dependent on the health of the aging outfielder. OF Starlin Castro is a star on the rise, as long as he can mature mentally and become a leader this team desperately needs. There is also promise in 1B Anthony Rizzo.
The moral of the Chicago Cubs 2013 story is… patience. Cub fans have already waited over a hundred years for a World Series Title, so what is a few more going to hurt. The front office is trying to form a foundation to build from. It will take another 2-3 years for the Cubs to be a playoff team. Give them time, and they will get there.