MLB Previews: Chicago Cubs Expectations For 2013
It has been a century to forget for Chicago Cubs faithful as they haven’t been crowned World Series champions since the lovely year of 1908. Trying to bust another curse General Manager Theo Epstein is trying to turn around a team that was a lowly 61-101 in 2012. This offseason was a busy one for the Cubs as they paid upwards of $60M on two pitchers in specific.
Edwin Jackson was signed to a four year deal worth $52M and will take the mound for his seventh team in 2013. It’s not very common for someone to move around as much as Jackson has, however his military upbringing prepared him well for the MLB carousel he has been on at just 29-years-old.
Starlin Castro is slowly becoming the face of this franchise at just 22-years-old as he has given Cub fans something to root for with two straight All-Star Game appearances. Castro will likely be moved down in the order to make room for Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston who are both new to the Cubs and will be platooning in Right Field.
The buzz surrounding this team last year was the possible emergence of Anthony Rizzo who definitely stepped up the plate in 2012–Rizzo clubbed 15 home runs and hit .285 in just 87 games with the team last year.
Surely the Cub-haters will be abundant, but I think this team will make a big improvement as they have the talent to have to compete in an NL central that isn’t scary aside from the Cincinnati Reds who are set to win upwards of 90 games again this year.
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