Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/21/14
This SWOT analysis was written by Berselius of the fantastic Chicago Cubs blog Obstructed View. Check the blog out, and follow Berselius on Twitter @STAnteater. The Cubs are coming off a 100-loss season, with a decent chance of another one in 2013 in what should be another rebuilding year. Theo Epstein and his braintrust inherited a team full of aging, expensive veterans that was built to "win now" in 08-09 while the Tribune was in the process of selling the club. The farm system wasn't in great shape either. Top prospects Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee were traded for Matt Garza in what was likely a last-ditch attempt for Jim Hendry to save his job, and several recent high draft picks, such as Hayden Simpson, Tyler Colvin, and Jeff Samardzija, were looking like disappointments. The new front office quickly traded the high risk, high reward fireballer Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo, who was thought of highly enough to be acquired by both Epstein and Hoyer at their p...
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