Chicago Cubs: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2013-14 Offseason

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Chicago Cubs: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2013-14 Offseason
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The Cubs enter the 2013-14 offseason in a similar position to where they were following the 2011 season. They are looking for a new manager and have a new crop of prospects who are closing in on the big-league level. 

Names like Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters have been replaced by Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant. The Cubs have unloaded veterans like Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza for pitching prospects who will hopefully fill out the rotation in the near future. 

One of those prospects, Kyle Hendricks, was minor league pitcher of the year this past season. Double-A ace C.J. Edwards, acquired in the Matt Garza trade, posted a 1.86 ERA in the minors this year. 

But all the success among our young prospects has not spread to young Cubs like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, who both regressed this season. 

The Cubs have several positions they will look to fill or at least solidify in time for spring training 2014. Will they explore more internal options and bide their time while prospects develop, or will they reach out into the free-agent market and make a big move?

Let's explore the state of the team and where it may go from here. 

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