Which Chicago Cubs Starters Won't Be Returning in 2014?
As 2013 comes to an end, some players begin to look outside of the North Side of Chicago for employment. With the trade deadline come and gone and players beginning to be called up, it's time for some boys in blue to start packing their bags.
The 2014 season hopes to be a new-look Cubs organization, with young prospects such as Javier Baez and Mike Olt hoping to find a full-time job at Wrigley Field.
Could "Back to the Future" have been right with their portrayal of the Cubs as 2015 World Series champions? Time will tell.
Here we look at five Cubs starters who may not be returning in 2014.
Other than Darwin Barney's 2012 Gold Glove season, his value to the Cubs has been minimal. His offensive statistics are offensive, although his defense has been quite impressive again this year.
Barney has four errors thus far this season—only one more than last year's Gold Glove-winning total.
The Cubs would be better off trading Barney for a few good prospects. The Cubs are ahead of only the Miami Marlins in team batting average with an abysmal .239. Needless to say, the Cubs will need a better offensive weapon than Barney if they want to contend.
Donnie Murphy, 3B
Although Donnie Murphy has been a great tool for the Cubs through late 2013, Murphy is already 30 years old and will not be a part of the future of the Cubs' championship hopes.
The Cubs have multiple prospects in the organization at the hot corner, including first-round draft pick Kris Bryant and newly acquired Mike Olt, who came over from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade.
Murphy could be a good addition for a team looking for a solid bench player. Murphy hasn't played any more than 52 games in a single season, so it would be a difficult move to make Murphy a regular starter at 30 years of age.
Brian Bogusevic, LF
Brian Bogusevic is another player who has been of value to the Cubs this season but will not be a part of the future core.
Bogusevic is like Murphy in that he does not have extensive experience as a starter. Besides last season's 146 games started with the Astros, Bogusevic has never started more than a half a season in the majors.
He also only has 279 games started and is nearing 30 years of age.
Bogusevic will likely become a bench player on a contending team.
Nate Schierholtz, RF
You may begin to notice a pattern here...
Nate Schierholtz has been very productive in 2013 for the Cubs. Schierholtz trails Anthony Rizzo by one home run for the team home run lead, but with prospects such as Jae-Hoon Ha, Jorge Soler and Brett Jackson in the minors, Schierholtz will be gone next season.