Sveum can salvage Cubs' season

It's been a rough year, but Chicago skipper can still build momentum for 2014

Updated: August 2, 2013, 11:47 AM ET
By Manny Acta | ESPN Insider

Dale SveumJennifer Hilderbrand/USA TODAY SportsThe Cubs and manager Dale Sveum are hoping to maximize the final two months of the season.

It's no secret that the Chicago Cubs are rebuilding, and they've made that very clear during the past few weeks, trading Matt Garza, Scott Feldman and Alfonso Soriano for prospects and salary relief.

The Cubs weren't a good team to begin with, and those trades certainly will make them worse in the short term, which is going to make the rest of the season a real challenge for manager Dale Sveum.

Managers of rebuilding clubs typically get no more than three years to turn things around; Sveum is in his second year of a three-year deal, and he needs to show some real progress in the win column in 2014 to get an extension (even though we all know that you need good players to win).

And while the rest of the 2013 season might not mean much in terms of the postseason, it means a lot for the future of Sveum and the Cubs. Here are five ways he can use the next two months to make this campaign a relative success.