The Chicago Cubs and contender.
These are words that haven't gone together that much during the Cubbies' history, although they've had some very good teams. Unfortunately for fans of the North Siders, "next year" hasn't come yet, and the prospects in 2011 aren't overly exciting either for a championship run, although the NL Central could be a wide-open race.
But things aren't as bad as they seem in Wrigleyville. Cubs fans will love watching young Starlin Castro develop into a possible star and there are still some good young players in the Chicago system who can make an impact with the Big Club.
But there are some things the Cubs can do now, and down the line, to make themselves a contender once again in the National League and possibly to finally attain the ultimate prize: winning the World Series. It's just a matter of making some trades and not being afraid to make some acquisitions to make the Cubs competitive once again.
So here are 10 ways the Cubs can be players in the National League again.