The Cubs hope saving about $2.5 million after trading David DeJesus to the Nationals is only part of their latest look toward the future.
For starters the dealing of DeJesus for a player to be named will give other players a chance to prove they can help revamp a stagnant offense.
"The biggest thing is figuring things out offensively" general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday before Nate Schierholtz drove in a career-high six runs with two home runs and a double to support Jeff Samardzija in an 11-1 victory over the Nationals.
"We do some things very well" Hoyer continued. "Our slugging percentage has been pretty good this year but we've got to get to the bottom of the runners-in-scoring-position issue. We haven't been the worst batting average team in baseball in the National League in two years but we've been the worst in scoring position and the fact those things don't line up is frustrating.
"We have to get better at that. We have to get on base more period. That's an issue we h...