As we have reached the month of September, the Chicago Cubs once again find themselves in the bottom cellar of the NL Central Division. The 2013 MLB regular season has been yet another year for Cubs fans to forget. With a current record of 60-80, fans have begun to shift their focus to the 2014 season.
The 2014 MLB season could be Dale Sveum’s last year as the Cubs’ manager. Sveum will be entering the last of a three-year deal with a team option for 2015. Since Sveum has arrived, the Cubs have performed worse than mediocre. In 2012, his first year as manager, the Cubs finished the regular season with a record of 61-101. This year the Cubs are 60-80 through 140 games. This puts them on pace for a better season than 2012, but still a disappointing year.
When Sveum took over in 2012, the Cubs were entering a rebuilding phase. Sveum has dealt with numerous key pieces being traded. In 2012, the Cubs traded away Geovany Soto, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson and Ryan Dempster. At this point of the 2013 season, the Cubs have traded away Carlos Marmol, Tony Campana, Matt Garza, Alfonso Soriano and David Dejesus. These players were key components of the roster in previous years and are extremely difficult to replace.
In return for the loss of so many MLB-ready players, the Cubs have received many talented minor leaguers during the past two seasons. These players along with the already present farm system, have molded into one of the top farm systems in the MLB. Sveum could find himself managing many of these hyped players in the 2014 regular season. If this is the case, expect this upcoming year to be Sveum’s first scrutinized season as Cubs manager.
If the young stars perform well, you could see Sveum return in 2015. However, if the young stars perform poorly, you could see the Cubs searching for a new manager in the 2014-15 offseason.