The Chicago Cubs can actually be a contender for the pennant in the 2013 season.
Disappointment is in the blood of Cubs fans, so most won't believe it until they see it. The Cubs are going to have to prove through the first half of the season that they are contenders.
The Cubs can do just as the Washington Nationals did this year, coming out of nowhere to surprise people with a division title. The Nationals did it with a few key acquisitions before and during the season; and they got great pitching.
Chicago can have all of that as well.
Here are five keys for the Cubs to be contenders next year.