2012 Organizational Rankings: #14 – Chicago Cubs | FanGraphs Baseball:
Given the methodology we employed this time around, the Cubs payroll and payroll potential plays a huge role in their No. 14 ranking. Their farm system is relatively uninspiring; their on-field offering for 2012 should be pretty miserable; and their baseball operations department has not yet had even 12 months in command. Still, the Cubs are moving up, and in a league where disparities in payroll have determined which teams succeed more than most other leagues, the Cubs may not stop moving up until they are at the top.
Haters gonna hate, in the comments section, but I stand by my belief. This new front office group could easily make the Cubs a perennial playoff team and the masters of the NL Central.