As they enter Year Two under Theo Epstein's management regime, the Chicago Cubs insist the pieces are falling into place and that they're poised to make a jump.
Never mind all the talk about the long haul. They believe the rebuilding process is in high gear.
''I think we can challenge for the division and compete with anyone,'' slugger Anthony Rizzo said.
That's a big statement considering the Cubs are coming off a 101-loss season and the focus still remains more on the future as they try to end a championship drought that dates to 1908. They've been busy overhauling the roster and beefing up the infrastructure ever since Epstein took over as president of baseball operations before last season, hoping to build a foundation to contend on a yearly basis.
They see new facilities in the Dominican Republic and in their spring home of Mesa, Ariz., along with a commitment to developing the minor league system - not to mention renovations to Wrigley Field that they're trying to get appr...