With changes at the top and a lot of money coming off the books, Cubs fans are expecting something new from their beloved Cubbies in 2012. They are going to need to find a way to fill the void left by Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena, as well as add to their pitching staff because the rotation and bullpen are thin.
Is Carlos Zambrano going to open the season with the Cubs on shaky ground for the third season in a row? He is proven to be quite the handful that even mainstay GM Jim Hendry could not tame, which says a lot. Big Z will have something to prove and the new regime won't just bench and suspend him like it seemed to happen in years past. He will be cut.
I'm going to jump to next season, take a few small assumptions with me, and see where it takes us.