Since firing GM Jim Hendry on August 19, the Chicago Cubs have played amid a constant swirl of rumors about who will stay and who will go as the team prepares for 2012.
After the New York Yankees claimed Carlos Pena off revocable waivers, there were major whispers that the team would deal Pena and move on with the intent of pursuing Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols this winter.
But the new GM is not yet in place, so it's too early to ponder those decisions closely. Moreover, savvy trades and free-agent moves represent just one component of success. The other, often more elusive element, is to consistently make the most of the resources already at hand.
Put aside, then, questions about whether Theo Epstein, Brian Cashman or Andrew Friedman would leave their current jobs for this one (they won't), of whether Billy Beane would be open to the idea (he might be).
Here are 10 ways the Cubs can be better in 2012 without making a single addition to their organization.