The Cubs outfield is a work in progress as two of the starters on opening day 2013 were traded before season’s end. But their replacements Junior Lake and the combination of Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic provided some intrigue in the final months of the year. Nate Schierholtz was a scouting success as the Cubs found the perfect left-handed gap hitter for Wrigley Field -- at least at their price point. Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus did their jobs well enough that other teams sought them out and the Cubs were able to cash in via trade by saving money.

The good: Soriano was finally tradeable thanks to a hot finish to the first half of the season. As usual when the weather warmed up so did Soriano -- and he stole a few bases along the way to prove his health. DeJesus was the Cubs' best at battling the opposing pitcher and drawing a walk or at least a decent at-bat. By leaving they opened the door for Lake who showed all the tools of being a good player and an unselfishness any manager would admire. His ability to hit the ball out of the park and then lay down a bunt while still learning to play in the outfield gives hope for his future. Schierholtz hit 21 home runs in his first year as a near full-time starter while Bogusevic remains an intriguing player since converting from pitcher. His ceiling might be higher than that of the better-known Sweeney.

The bad: Soriano’s start helped doom the Cubs offense as it has in the past. He hit .263 with one home run and two RBIs in April. DeJesus slowed down after an injury forcing the Cubs into a salary dump instead of getting something back in a trade while Schierholtz also finished the season quietly hitting .177 in September with just one home run. Lake made some defensive mistakes in left field but was better when he played center.