It's been 803 months since the Chicago Cubs' last World Series appearance. In that time, they've tried every kind of roster imaginable.
They've had speedier teams, more powerful teams and teams based on solid pitching. Of course, they've also tried to win without having any of those things, which, to be fair, IS thinking outside the box. They even went outside the box manufacturer in the early 1960s by replacing the traditional manager with the College of Coaches.
Nothing has worked, and were it not for the wretched Houston Astros the Cubs would be worst team in the National League (and in 2013, they won't have THAT as an excuse, as Houston will be in the AL).
The Cubbies rank in the lower half of teams—usually near the bottom, actually—in most major statistical categories. Their most high-profile player is as well known for his miscues as for his successes. Their best pitcher is still mainly thought of as a college football player.
Looking for ways for the Cubs to win is a bit like trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel when you're peering down a mine shaft, but I think I have succeeded.
In researching the Cubs' history, I've found that traditional moves (trades, the draft, etc.) have been ineffective, but that non-standard changes have gone hand-in-hand with success—occasionally, sustained success. These aren't easy moves, but sometimes a situation calls for a drastic solution. Or five.