Theo Epstein has a very difficult task ahead of him as the general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
He successfully built two World Series champion teams with the Boston Red Sox and ended their 86-year championship drought. Now, he is trying to accomplish a similar task with the Cubs.
The fan base in Chicago has been rooting faithfully for this team through all of their up and down seasons and will set some high expectations for Epstein.
He will need to make some smart decisions with the players currently on the roster, players in the farm system, draft scouting, free agents, and trades.
Speaking of trades specifically, there are some contracts on the Cubs that Epstein most likely look to part ways with. These contracts include Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, and Carlos Zambrano. In order to move these players they will have to bring in some serviceable talent in return.
Here is a look at 5 trade options that could give the Cubs fans a good feeling going into next season.