Unlucky ’13? The Cubs Might Be Even Worse

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) After 101 losses – and 61 uninteresting wins – the 2012 Cubs season is finally, thankfully and mercifully over.

I’m relieved.

But, after a deep exhale yesterday, I found myself holding my breath this morning. And that’s because, as we eye 2013, I fear that the Cubs could be just as bad as they were this season – and perhaps, remarkably enough, even worse.

After all, for much of this year, the North Siders at least had a decent starting rotation. Come next season, though? Well …

Last week, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said that the organization plans to be a player in the free agent marketplace this winter, telling the media: “We’re obviously going to be active. I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

Perhaps not, Jed. But the question isn’t about the Cubs simply being active, it’s about getting some actual results. And, despite the team’s claim that they’ll be particularly aggressive in the search for starting pitching – “We certainly need to bolster our rotation,”

Hoyer said in the understatement of the month – I have serious doubts about whether they’ll be able to accomplish anything really worth a darn this winter.

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