The Chicago Cubs have been very active in the free-agent market this offseason. They have taken steps to improve almost every aspect of the team. Some areas that were addressed could be considered temporary fixes, until either one of the team’s prospects is ready to be called up, or a better option presents itself.
Although Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been busy trying to pull the Cubs out of the cellar of the NL Central, the odds are still heavily stacked against them for 2013.
Most Cubs fans have accepted the fact that the team is rebuilding, and they may have to wait at least another season before the team is truly competitive again. 2013 will be about progress, but after the Oakland Athletics' fairytale season in 2012, some fans are holding on to some slim hopes that the Cubs can make a run in 2013.
However, that is still not likely to happen. The Cubs are positioning themselves to be competitive again, but it probably won’t be until 2014.
Not convinced? Here are three reasons why the Cubs will compete for the NL Central crown as early as 2014.