The Cubs have been busy this off season, taking a refreshing stance on how to solve their obvious pitching and out fielding issues.

The recently signed Scott Hairston joins the squad adding some much needed right handed power to the lineup and offers a convenient platoon style option to right field along with Nate Schierholtz, who is a new Cub as well. The current Assumption is that David DeJesus will play out the final year of his contract in center field, while veteran Alfonso Soriano mans left.

Great! The Cubs have gone from what was a weak starting outfield to a more respectable showing in just a single off season right? While this remains true, there are a few more factors that makes this situation very interesting.

The thought has risen: could these new signings be choking out the potential for some of the Cubs' top out fielding prospects to shine through? Both Brett Jackson and Dave Sappelt come to mind when considering the future of the Cubs outfield. Not to mention what we'd consider the "second crop" of OF prospects like Jorge Soler, Matt Szczur and Darien Martin.

Both Schierholtz and Hairston allow the Cubs to have some leeway in how they select their starting outfielders, but it is a short term solution at best. They likely wont be a part of the World Series winning team, but will allow the Cubs to keep from being basement dwellers in the standings. Still, they are indeed blocking spots for guys like Jackson and Sappelt, who are reasonably close to being major league ready in 2013.

It's a question of being competitive now vs allowing your potential future getting some playing time.