Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over an eroding franchise before the 2012 season. The Houston Astros provided them with a buffer in 2012, but that will be gone in 2013. With the Pittsburgh Pirates continually improving, it is likely that the Cubs will take a step back before they step forward. Epstein and Hoyer are going to try to avoid the temptation to go for the quick fix. Most of their problems reside on the mound, but there are a few holes in the regular lineup as well.
The Cubs finally had enough of his inconsistency and shipped him out last August.
The bright spot in the Cubs rebuilding hopefully will build on his first extended time in the big leagues.
His defense was so unbelievable that even the coaches took notice.
The Cubs re-signed Ian Stewart, so those two will fight it out in Spring Training.