Chicago Cubs 2011 Season Preview
The Chicago Cubs have a new manager and several new players to give them hope heading into the 2011 season.
The Cubbies lost first baseman Derrek Lee via free agency, but replaced him with Carlos Pena. His batting average from 2010 and high strikeout totals are cause for concern, but Pena has more pop in his bat than Lee. He is also younger, and arguably a better defensive player.
The biggest move of the offseason came via trade, with the Cubs acquiring another player from Tampa Bay. The Cubs gave up several prospects to land Matt Garza, who should thrive in the National League.
He will likely become the team's true ace, and maybe that will help to take some of the pressure off of Carlos Zambrano. They could really use a big year from him, but his arm just isn't what it used to be.
The team also brought back Kerry Wood, who will return to the Cubs as a closer. Wood always wanted to return to Chicago, and he finally got his wish.
Chicago certainly has its work cut out for it in this division, but there is no dominant team. If things go right, the Cubs could hang around in the division and wild card races for much of the season.