CHICAGO - With just a little more than a month to go before the non-waiver trading deadline, the winds of change will soon be blowing through the North side of the Windy City.
"It comes with the territory," catcher Geovany Soto said. "It is a business, but you've just got to come to the field and, it's something that I can't control."
That moves will be made is a certainty. The only thing to wonder is who the club will keep to build around, and who will be dealt. And even that has little mystery, since the Cubs will surely continue their youth movement. "You just don't know what's gonna happen," second baseman Darwin Barney said. "I'm excited to still be on this team. I think all of us that are on this 25-man roster are happy about it. We're gonna get better. We're working hard every day. And it's not one of those things where you're coming out here and preparing lightly. You're working hard and trying to get better, and make this team better for the future."
In many ways, the future is now. The Cubs already have a core of young players with which to build around. And in the midst of a tough year to watch, the promise shown by the Cubs young talent has been a welcome sight for not just Cubs fans, but players alike.
"Absolutely," outfielder Tony Campana said. "We've got some guys on this team that can really play that are young. You've got Starlin (Castro) and Darwin Barney and (Bryan) LaHair and (Anthony) Rizzo down there at Triple-A and Brett Jackson. I mean, there's a lot of guys down there that can really play, so you don't expect to be bad very long."
"There's upside," Barney said. "We see that, and we're excited about that, but the record's tough. You never want to lose ballgames, and this game's all about winning, but we're gonna try and get better and make this team better for the future."
There's a difference between losing and lost. The Cubs might be in the midst of one of their worst losing seasons ever, but this team is not lost. There is a plan in place to turn it around quickly.