The Chicago Cubs' humiliating 2012 season is over and their hopeful offseason is already underway.
After going 61-101 last season, the Cubs hope to rebuild some key areas. It won't take a miracle to fix the Cubs, only a practical plan and some keen insight into the free agent market.
Nearly all areas of the Cubs are in need of improvement and it won't happen overnight as some fans might hope.
Their starting rotation and bullpen lack key players; a problem that started to show later in the season. Third base remains a mystery as does a handful of other positions in the outfield and behind the plate.
But there is hope. Cubs President, Theo Epstein, has stressed that the rebuilding process will take some time—a good team is coming.
To become that good team the Cubs have five areas that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. It may take more than just one offseason to address all of the Cubs' needs, but they can be a contender next year if the right moves are made.
These are the five ways to fix the Chicago Cubs for 2013: