The Chicago Cubs have done a lot this winter in an attempt to improve the on-the-field product for 2013.
However, whether all of the free-agent signings lead to on-the-field success has yet to be determined.
On paper, the Cubs were one of the most active teams this winter. That’s most likely due to the fact that they lost 101 games in 2012 and had a bunch of holes to fill if they planned on improving that 101-loss season.
Looking at the Cubs lineup as we move closer to spring training, not much has changed. The area that received a complete overhaul was the pitching staff. The team added a bunch of arms this winter which has given Chicago one of the deepest staffs in the league.
However, having a deep pitching staff does not translate to having a good pitching staff; far from it actually.
The Chicago Cubs' newly signed players represent hope in 2013, and show that the front office has a plan in place and is putting the plan into action. Just ask Mets fans what it feels like to see holes in their team and watch their front office sit and do nothing to address them.
Mets fans' woes aside, let’s take a look at some of the Chicago Cubs’ offseason moves so far this winter.