MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs were active at last year's Trade Deadline, dealing Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson. The emphasis was on the future, especially because the team was 43-59 on July 31.
Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, said they may do the same this year if they struggle. Cubs manager Dale Sveum is prepared.
"That's part of the business," Sveum said. "If your team is out of it, to start building and getting a healthier organization, unfortunately or fortunately, that's part of the business. Hopefully, we don't have to worry about that. Hopefully, we're buying people."
Preseason publications have not been high on the Cubs' potential for 2013. Both Epstein and Sveum feel there's more talent in camp than they get credit for.
"There's a tremendous amount of more talent in this camp than there was a year ago," Sveum said. "We're older, we have depth. We have a lineup that can keep the line moving as well as hit home runs and have slugging percentage. Maybe we don't have three or four guys in the lineup who have the chance of hitting 30 or 40 home runs like some teams do, but we have put together an offense if guys get better."
Sveum likes the addition of Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston plus non-roster invitees Dave Sappelt and Darnell McDonald.
"If guys live up to their capabilities, it's a pretty functional offense," Sveum said.