2014 MLB Season Preview: Chicago Cubs

Things haven’t gone well at Wrigley recently


The Chicago Cubs haven’t had a winning record since 2009, and the fans are getting restless.  Last year saw an anemic offense once again, and the eventual firing of manager Dale Sveum. Rick Renteria, previously the Padres bench coach, was hired to take over in November to try to steer this club in the right direction. Not too many moves were made in the offseason, but the Cubs will still look to get to .500 and maybe into the playoff hunt if the chips fall into the right places.

Off-season transactions:

12/16 – Signed LHP Wesley Wright

12/27 – Signed RHP Jose Veras

2/13 – Signed RHP Jason Hammel

2/15 – Signed UTIL Emilio Bonifacio

The Cubs didn’t spend any big money in the offseason, instead filling out some spots with buy-low options that could turn out well for them. Jose Veras will step into the closers role, while Jason Hammel will find his way into the back end of the rotation.

C: Welington Castillo
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Darwin Barney
SS: Starlin Castro
3B: Luis Valbuena
LF: Junior Lake
CF: Justin Ruggiano
RF: Nate Schierholtz

Pitching Staff:

SP: Jeff Samardzija
SP: Travis Wood
SP: Edwin Jackson
SP: Jake Arrieta
SP: Jason Hammel
CL: Jose Veras

The Cubs will likely not reach .500 this season, as the talent is just simply not there — yet. The immediate future doesn’t look good for the northsiders, but they may not be too far away from competing in the NL Central once again.