Dale Sveum is fortunate he's not being evaluated on wins and losses during the Cubs' rebuilding project.

With the Cubs facing the possibility of another midseason sell-off in the second year of Sveum's three-year deal, it would be difficult to rationalize an offseason extension based on his winning percentage.

Considering they signed Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, Dioner Navarro and Nate Schierholtz to one-year deals, a trading spree would be no real surprise. The Cubs traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker last summer, and have plenty of trade bait available in Alfonso Soriano, Matt Garza, Carlos Marmol and David DeJesus this year, not to mention the newly signed free agents.

The revolving door policy is here to stay for a while, and Sveum understands what's in store if the Cubs flop.

"When you feel your team is out of it, (you unload) to start building and getting a healthier organization," he said. "That's part of the business. … Hopefully we're buying people."

That seems like wishful thinking. The Cubs haven't been buyers at the trading deadline since 2009. The Cubs ultimately folded in August that season and haven't been a contender since.

On the flip side, even a .500 season would be considered a success. President Theo Epstein said this week "there's definitely more talent here than people give us credit for," which suggests Sveum should be able to translate that into more victories.

Sveum agrees there is "more talent in camp" than at this time last year. - See more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0301-cubs-spring-training-chicago--20130301,0,6093254.story#sthash.9Yout5sX.dpuf