Manager Dale Sveum may have averted the worst season in Chicago Cubs history, but will his job be in jeopardy if the brass doesn't see results in 2013?
Sveum has managed this season very well, all things considered. There has not been any clubhouse commotion or drama, young players like Darwin Barney have exceeded expectations and the team was playing really well until the July 31st trade deadline when the team lost Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto, Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm.
The Cubs have gone 6-20 since then but have seen young prospects like Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson get their first chance to play in Chicago. Both guys have struggled early on, but catcher Welington Castillo has played well and could be the starting catcher next season.
Sveum will lead this team for the foreseeable future. Like Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, he appears to have plans much bigger than what we're seeing on the field every day.
Let's explore five things Sveum must do to keep his job secure going forward.